This book is the last of the series of five paper-backed editions chronicling the history of our town, this time with an emphasis on the leisure time activities of its citizens. Once again it was written by the Society’s members although other people involved in some of the sports and drama groups in the town also contributed. Rob Campbell is again the editor.
The football, swimming and rifle shooting clubs are extensively featured in the book along with the history of the four performing arts clubs: opera, drama, comedy and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
A very detailed and interesting article about Guiding in Clevedon, written by Mary House, is featured and Austin Davies continues the fascinating history of Clevedon Pier that he started in an earlier Civic Society book, this time concentrating on the years between 1990 and 2001.
Roy Girling contributed two articles to this publication. One, of particular interest to your Editor (although I was not related in any way to the firm), is a comprehensive look at the life of the Hales Cake factory in East Clevedon. In his second contribution to the book, Roy Girling joined forces with Jane and Derek Lilly to tell the fascinating story of the quarries of the town.
This well-filled seventy-six page paperback ends with a detailed account of the many banks that have opened and moved about in our town, including a branch of the NatWest Bank that started life as Stuckey’s Banking Company in 1874 at No. 49 Hill Road – a building recently featured as The Traders Hotel in the ITV murder mystery – Broadchurch. As Julia Elton wrote in the foreword of the book, ‘What makes it so absorbing, however, is that it conjures up life in 20th century Clevedon and activities that many of us know about or will even have participated in. Local history, after all, begins yesterday.’
Geoff Hale (this review was first published in the Spring 2013 edition of ‘The Clevedonian’)