Until the railways arrived, Westonsuper- Mare was a town without a history. From a little fishing village with just a handful of houses, Weston grew into a major seaside resort, and this happened rapidly in just under one hundred years. After a period of decline, it has recreated itself, successfully, as a holiday destination for the twenty-first century and as one of Somerset's major towns. Romans and seventeenth-century smugglers, television comedians and top-selling writers, and even the wireless pioneer Gugliemo Marconi play a part in the story of Weston's past, as does the amazing diversity of architecture. A walk along the town's seafront encompasses Victorian enterprise, Edwardian splendour, the commercial enterprise of the new-Elizabethans - and the remarkable flood defences of the twenty-first century.
Stephen Butt is a well known local historian, who presents a weekly local history programme on BBC Radio Leicester. He works in the broadcasting industry as a Senior Broadcast Journalist and holds degrees in Psychology and English Local History. Stephen is also an honorary press officer for the Leicestershire Victoria County History Trust, and the editor of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society newsletter. He has written many local interest titles for Amberley. He lives in Leicester.