Orientation & Geography

Europe, United Kingdom, Bath & North East Somerset

Weston is a suburb and electoral ward of Bath in England, located in the north west of the city. Originally a separate village, Weston has become part of Bath as the city has grown, first through the development of Lower Weston in Victorian times and then by the incorporation of the village itself – also called Upper Weston – into the city with the siting of much local authority housing there in the period after World War II. Weston is the birthplace of Saint Alphege. The village parish church is All Saints, originally founded no later than 1156. The current church dates from 1832 and was designed by the local architect John Pinch the younger, except for the tower which dates from the 15th century. The Lower Weston parish church is St John's, barely a mile from Bath's city centre, and now in Kingsmead ward. There is also a Moravian church sited at the bottom of Lansdown Lane and the nearest Catholic church is St. Mary's on Julian Road. Bath's main hospital, the Royal United Hospital, is on one of the roads from central Bath into Weston, and is generally considered to be in Weston. Strictly however, the hospital is in the neighbouring ward of Newbridge. Weston has two primary schools, Weston All Saints C.E. V.C Primary School, and St Mary's Catholic Primary School. Lower Weston is served by Newbridge School; an earlier primary school called Weston St John's closed when the primary departments at Newbridge expanded in the 1970s. The Weston (Bath) railway station was at Lower Weston and closed in 1953, although the platform building and the stationmaster's house still exist. The station was on the Midland Railway line from Bath to Bristol and to the north, which itself closed in 1966. Weston boasts some of the best transportation connections with the centre of Bath in the city. There are 4 bus services that go to Weston. Firstly the service 14, which runs at a frequency of 7–8 minutes during weekdays and is operated by First and Faresaver. Other services include the 20A/C and the 17 which run at half hour intervals. Weston has a large amount of local amenities, including a recreation ground, and youth club [Centre 69] and large amount of shops and services including a bakery, butcher, supermarket, post office, pet shop, 2 takeaways and 2 newsagents. There is also a greengrocer and 3 hair salons.