Weston-super-Mare’s railway station has been awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England. Designed by Francis Fox and completed in 1884, Weston’s station was granted the coveted status as part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), a Historic England programme which focuses on supporting the on-going regeneration of the town’s centre and its areas of historic interest.
One day in around 1923 a stray spaniel wandered into Weston-super-Mare Railway Station. He was adopted by the staff who worked there. They named him Dandy, provided him with a kennel and put a charity collection box around his neck.
He spent the next five years mingling with people on the station platforms. By the time he died on 16th January 1928, he had raised many hundreds of pounds for the GWR Widows and Orphans Fund. He was buried at the end of one of the platforms.
A memorial plaque to Dandy can still be seen mounted on the wall in the waiting room at the railway station.