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The village of Banwell in the Mendips is in an area rich in caves but the most famous is probably the Banwell bone cave discovered in 1824.

As Castle Cary grew and developed as a small industrial and market town, a number of shops and services provided for the needs of its inhabitants.

Castle Cary's market seems never to have been a success despite numerous charters and revivals.

Public houses were not only places to stay, eat or drink, but were also the venue for courts, parish meetings and entertainments of all kinds inclu

The river Avill rises in Cutcombe parish on Exmoor and flows down to Dunster and Marsh to the Hawn or Haven of Dunster into the sea.

A network of roads formerly connected Dunster with its hamlets, fields, woods and marshes as well as neighbouring villages.

Dunster's tourist trade has a long history. The Luttrell Arms was created with tourists in mind in 1779.

In 1762 the parish agreed, on the encouragement of the clergy, to provide a fire engine paid for out of the church rate with Ansford contributing.[

There was a great demand for knitted stockings from the late 16th century and many were produced by Castle Cary stockingmakers who employed large numb

The success of the horsehair industry in Castle Cary was at least partly due to the availability of the hair as many horses were bred in the area i