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, town and civil parish in the unitary authority
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of North Somerset
North Somerset is a unitary authority in England. Its area covers part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but it is administered independently of the non-metropolitan county. Its administrative headquarters is in the town hall in Weston-super-Mare....
, which is within the ceremonial county
Ceremonial counties of England
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The ceremonial and non-metropolitan county of Somerset in South West England borders Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south-east, and Devon to the south-west. It is partly bounded to the north and west by the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the...
, England. It is located on the Bristol Channel
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coast, 18 miles (29 km) south west of Bristol
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, spanning the coast between the bounding high ground of Worlebury Hill
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and Bleadon Hill
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. It includes the suburbs of Oldmixon, West Wick and Worle
Worle is a village in North Somerset that is now totally absorbed by the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. Despite this, Worle pre-dates Weston and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. In the book, it is said that Worle was owned by Walter of Douai, and consisted of and valued at 6.5...
. Its population according to the 2001 census was 71,758. Since 1983, Weston has been twinned with Hildesheim
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Although there is evidence in the local area of occupation since the Iron Age
The Iron Age is the archaeological period generally occurring after the Bronze Age, marked by the prevalent use of iron. The early period of the age is characterized by the widespread use of iron or steel. The adoption of such material coincided with other changes in society, including differing...
, it was still a small village until the 19th century when it became a seaside resort, and was connected with local towns and cities by a railway, and two piers were built.