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A twice yearly booklet on local history from the Gordano Region of Somerset edited by Sandy Tebbutt. Can be bought at Society meetings or from Sandy Tebbutt on 01275 843566. Also available at the Summit Outdoor Leisure shop in Portishead.


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No 9 – 11 November 2011

Portishead at War

76 pages

Price £7.50 or £6.50 to members


  1. Editorial
  2. The War Memorial in St Peter's Church
  3. Robert Broom from Family Documents
  4. Sturdee Hicks from Letters
  5. Geoffrey Tebbutt
  6. Portishead UDC and the Imminence of World War II
  7. Map of Portishead Defences - World War II
  8. The Day War Broke Out
  9. Memories of His Childhood during World War II
  10.  Walton-in-Gordano During World War II
  11.  Life as an Evacuee in Devon (Joan Righton)
  12.  Life in an Orphanage and as an Evacuee (Leslie Weatherburn)
  13.  Evacuation to Wiltshire in 1940 (Ken Crowhurst)
  14.  Childhood Memories of World War II (Phyllis Anstey)
  15.  Alan Baker's Teenage Years During World War II
  16.  Wartime Memories and Battery Point (Jim Dyer)
  17.  Memories of the Effects of the Bristol Blitz on the Village of Walton-in-Gordano (Howard Carey)
  18.  Doreen Harding's Woollen Cap
  19.  Remembrances of World War II  
  20.  The Munitions Factory and One of its Workers
  21.  We Met At The Munitions Factory (John and Mary Briggs)
  22.  Reminders of my Father (by Margaret Bearman)
  23.  My Life In The Royal Air Force (by Alan Stonestreet)
  24.  My Time At Bletchley Park (Audrey Jones)
  25.  Gladys Cooling - N.A.A.F.I. Girl
  26.  My Memories of Portishead during World War II
  27.  My Time In The Home Guard  (Dick Woodbridge)
  28.  My Varied Career in The R.A.F. (Harry Hawker)
  29.  Barbara Reid - Land Girl and G.I. Bride

30. Squadron Leader Tommy Broom D.F.C.  

31. Trees to Remember a Hero  

32. A Wartime Legend Remembered  

33. German Reconnaissance Photographs

34. World War II Fund Raising Weeks  

35. Portbury Engine Test Site

36. Mrs Broom's Diary

37. My Dad’s War (Chris Unitt)

38. Lance Bombardier Arthur Gould by his Son

39. Portishead Golf Links

40. Prisoners of War - William Gillard Holder

41. The Bombing of Albert Road

42. Sandbag Fillers

43. More on the German Heinkel III Propeller Blade

44. General Facts

45. V.E.Day Parties.

Posset Pieces No 8

No 8 – Summer 2011

Posset People

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. Portishead Centenarians including Mrs Mary Ann Tripp, Miss Elizabeth Bolton and Mrs Frances Rogers by Sandy Tebbutt and Angela Cooper.

2. Recollections of Portishead during the early 1900s with Mrs Clarice Hunt and Mrs Dolly Hawking, recorded in May 1988, by Sandy Tebbutt.

3. Nora Brown (nee Dunn) – Her life in North Weston and     Portishead from the 1910s – 1940s by Sandy Tebbutt.

4. Mrs Violet May Welsh’s early childhood years in her own     words with some notes of her daughter, Stella Porter.

5. Portishead’s Carriers and their Associated Trades from  the time of Queen Victoria until the 1950s by Sandy Tebbutt.


Posset Pieces No 7

No 7 – Spring 2011

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. Poems on Portbury Salt Marsh and Portbury Marsh

2. The history of the orchards at Weston Moor

3. Alan Baker’s story as told to Sandy Tebbutt

4. The badge of the Redcliffe Bay Swimming Club

5. I married a Posset girl

6. Why the Bye Family came to Portishead

7. Excavations at St Mary’s Road, Portishead in 1984

8. 170 years of Portishead Post Office

9. A Tragedy on the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead, Light Railway

10. The Portishead Customs House and an account of     Smuggling

11. Portishead Rugby Club

12. The boys of “The Training Ship Formidable”

13. The A369 road from Portishead to Bristol

14. The Beach Hotel, Woodhill Bay, Portishead


Posset Pieces No 6

No 6 – Autumn 2009

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. More on the Redcliffe Bay tanks

2. Portishead Lake Grounds 1910-2009

3. Mr. Dennis Hancock

4. Commander Eric Glynne Robinson, Peace Pilot

5. The day war broke out

6. The Heinkel air crash of February 1941

7. Oliver Hicks

8. Portishead Radio Station

9. St Augustine's Church, Redcliffe Bay

10. Why the Holder/Parker family came to Portishead

11. The Mystery painting (partly solved)

12. The Walton-in-Gordano shops

13. 19th Century British Newspapers & water closets

Posset Pieces No 5

No 5 – Spring 2009

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. Bailey’s Mill, Portishead Dock

2. Why the Derrick & Rudge families came to Portishead

3. Portishead Library

4. Infanticide: The case of Emily White

5. A Tribute to Bob Coates compiled by his family

6. A Portishead haunting compiled

7. AP Burt of Portishead, Bag manufactures

8. Portishead Power Station

9. Battery Point - The Second World War - Part 4

10. The Oil Pipe Line, Redcliffe Bay

11. The Mystery Painting

12. Portishead’s listed buildings - Severn House

13. More on Portishead’s Victorian Sewerage System - Part 4


Posset Pieces No 4

No 4 – Winter 2008

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. Jennie’s Grave

2. The Nautical School Chapel - Photo

3. Golf in Portishead

4. The Diary of Mr W T Clark

5. Portishead Open Air Swimming Pool

6. The Original Sewerage system of Portishead - Part 3

7. Norman G Anstey - Holder of Leopold Medal

8. The Parry Family

9. Portishead Railways - The Flower Show 2008

10. Battery Point - Part 3 - World War One

11. Memories of Nore School, Friary Road, West Hill

12. My Work at Portishead Power Station

13. Tinkling’s Legs



Posset Pieces No 3

No 3 – Spring 2008

36 pages

Price £5.50 (£4.50 to members)


1. A Nautical School Boy

2. The case of the missing blue painted pigeons

3. Warren’s shop at the bottom of Ferndale Road

4. Wartime Memories

5. Frank Langfield

6. Hotel Como (also known as The Bay Hotel)

7. Unsightly Petrol Pumps

8. The British School, West Hill and the graveyard

9. Bristol City - Lord of Portishead Manor?

10. Battery Point - Part 3

11. Dissenters’ Certificate for the Union Independent Chapel

12. Portishead Kindergarten and Preparatory School

13. The original Portishead sewerage system - Part 2

14. A list of Portishead and North Weston’s listed buildings

No 2 – Winter 2007

36 pages

Price £6.50 (£5.50 to members)


1. Place names of Portishead

2. The Savory Family

3. Smugglers in the Bay

4. Construction of the original Sewerage system in Portishead

5. Weston Lodge, The Baker and Watts families and summer holidays

6. Redcliffe Bay Roman Site

7. Battery Point

8. Archaeology in Portishead

9. Education in Portishead

10. Weston Clevedon & Portishead Railway postcard

11. A Bandstand for Portishead?

Posset Pieces No 2 Posset Pieces No 1

No 1 – Spring 2007

28 pages

ISBN 1 901 084 XXX

Price £6.50 (£5.50 to members)


1. The buildings of Portishead’s Congregational Chapels

2. Fifty years ago

3. Mrs Elsie Rowles (nee Baker)

4. Portishead Brick and Tile Works

5. The changing place names of Portishead

6. Reports on excavations at the site of Weston-in-Gordano Manor Houses in 1958 and 1960

7. Open space at Beach Road West

8. Fiftieth Year celebrations



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