20th Century River Severn / Bristol Channel Sunsets Part 1

Ok, let me first clarify the area I'm talking about, as both the Severn and the Channel cover a big area. I'm featuring postcards from my neck of the woods which is the Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire the channel down to the Vale of Glamorgan / Somerset. The Bristol Channel carries on further down the coast taking in Pembrokeshire, Cornwall and Devon, but given the riches available from those areas, I'll keep them for their own posts.

I have a real fondness for this area having grown up visiting many of the places featured in these postcards. In fact I had a constant view of the Severn from my secondary school, and although it's quite industrial and flat in places, it has its own magical atmosphere and light (for me at least!) I love the fact that each side looks on to the coastline of another country, albeit under the banner of the United Kingdom. We'll start with the iconic landmarks visible from large swathes of coastline on both sides, the Severn Bridges.

Coming from Cardiff, the old bridge was a familiar site and destination on school trips, and I used to love going over it and looking down on the buildings below. There's a few Severn crossing sunsets out there on postcard, and here's a couple of them for your enjoyment, including a fairly modern one of the newer second crossing.

The first Severn Bridge at sunset (photographer unknown)

The first Severn Bridge at sunset (photographer unknown)

The first Severn Bridge at sunset (photographer unknown)

The first Severn Bridge at sunset (photographer unknown)

Second Severn crossing sunset (photographer: P. Munro)

Second Severn crossing sunset (photographer: P. Munro)

The Somerset side of the Severn has a number of wonderful little bays and resorts to boast. The Victorian splendour of Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare are particular favourites of mine after several day trips and the odd holiday. Burnham-on-Sea was a place new to me until recently, and I'm sure one I would have loved as a kid also. Its unique beach based wooden lighthouse is a particular landmark, and where our journey ends as this batch of cards starts at Clevedon, and makes its way down the coast towards Burnham-on-Sea.

Moonlit Clevedon (photographer unknown)

Moonlit Clevedon (photographer unknown)

Clevedon Pier at sunset (photographer unknown)

Clevedon Pier at sunset (photographer unknown)

Weston-Super-Mare sunset (photographer unknown)

Weston-Super-Mare sunset (photographer unknown)

Burnham-On-Sea Lighthouse at sunset (photographer unknown)

Burnham-On-Sea Lighthouse at sunset (photographer unknown)

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