Brean  Somerset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Brean like this:

BREANE, a parish in Axbridge district, Somerset; on the river Axe and on the coast, 4 miles SW by S of Weston-super-Mare Junction r. station, and 8 W of Axbridge. Post Town, Uphill, under Weston-super-Mare. Acres, 3,167; of which 2,000 are water. Real property, £2,389. Pop., 145. Houses, 27. ...

The property is divided among a few. Breane-Down is 300 feet high-;-and projects into a promontory 1¼ mile long, westward from the mouth of the river Axe. Cliffs, with abundance of samphire, are on the coast; and a great extent of sandy beach lies below. An act was passed in 1862 for the construction of harbour, piers or jetties, at Breane-Down, and for the formation of a railway thence to the Bristol and Exeter railway. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £216.* Patron, W. Willes, Esq. The church is good.

Brean through time

Brean is now part of Sedgemoor district. Click here for graphs and data of how Sedgemoor has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Brean itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brean, in Sedgemoor and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st August 2019

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