Just over 125 years ago, on September 22, 1882, at a meeting at the Rocks Hotel (now The Rock), it was decided that a name was needed for the suburb growing on the farmlands on the western side of the Backwater.
Thus the area of Westham was christened.
Originally 'West Ham' in 1882, the two-word spelling soon became Westham, to avoid confusion with the London suburb.
To mark the occasion, the Westham Community Orientated Problem Solving (COPS) are organising a community celebration day on Saturday, April 26 at Conifers School on Radipole Lane for which they have National Lottery funding.READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 15th April 2008
N.B. More information about the event marking 125 years of Westham History can also be found on Debby Rose's Westham website at www.westham.weymouth-dorset.co.uk