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Early in the 19th century, Weston was a small village of about 30 houses, located behind a line of sand dunes fronting the sea, which had been created as an early sea wall after the Bristol Channel floods of 1607.

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Cultural venues include The Playhouse, the Winter Gardens and Blakehay Theatre.

Partly owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the seafront.

In the centre of the town is Ellenborough Park, another SSSI due to the range of plant species found there.

Prior to 1348 it was known as Weston-juxta-Mare ("beside the sea").

though a stump of the medieval preaching cross survives by the exterior south wall.

The former rectory is a 17th-century structure with later additions.

It is now in a derelict state and has been added to English Heritage's Buildings at Risk Register, Large areas of land were released for development from the 1850s onwards.

Large detached villas, for the middle classes, were built on the southern slopes of Worlebury Hill.

A regeneration programme is being undertaken with attractions including the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare Museum, Grand Pier and an aquarium.

The Paddle Steamer Waverley and MV Balmoral offer day sea trips from Knightstone Island to various destinations along the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary.

The name was changed by Ralph of Shrewsbury, who was the Bishop of Bath and Wells.