Sidney Cooper Weston youngest son of Lambert Weston was born at Ashford on 29th December 1842. He took over responsibility for the Sandgate Road side of the photographic business of Lambert Weston & Son some time after the 1871 census was taken.
On 15th November 1871 Sidney Cooper Weston, was married at Christ Church Folkestone to his cousin Edith, daughter of Jasper, Sidney's uncle. The two businesses continued with their respective addresses - Jasper at 20a Sandgate Road and Sidney Cooper at No. 23.
Sidney Cooper passed away on 25th January 1893 and was buried at Cheriton Road Cemetery. Such was the esteem in which Mr. Weston was held, that a movement was started to raise funds to erect a memorial to him. It was announced in a local newspaper in January 1898 that 'the Sidney Cooper Weston Memorial will be unveiled, the unveiling to take place on Wednesday 2nd February by Cllr John Holden J.P. the Chairman of the committee'.
The result was the magnificent "Weston Memorial Fountain" which originally situated at the eastern end of the Leas near the site of the War Memorial. In the 1920s the fountain was relocated to a site on the East Cliff to make way for the War Memorial
Contributed by Eamonn Rooney
Edith Jane Weston Weston