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Dunster's community was heavily engaged during the war with soldiers at Dunster Beach, coastal defences and civil defence besides feeding serviceme

Watchet was formerly the terminus of two railway lines.

Like many harbour towns Watchet developed several small industries.

Tourism began in a modest way in the late 18th century and by the mid 19th century as the port declined Quaytown's houses opened their doors to hol

Minehead suffered greatly from fires, mostly caused by reckless behaviour.

There may have been a medieval pottery in Dunster but in the mid 18th century pottery was one of the industries being promoted, possibly to help of

Marshwood in Carhampton parish was wood pasture in 1279 but was partly cleared for a deer park between 1330 and 1355.

Richard Phelps is little known today but was a prolific portrait painter and a designer of follies in West Somerset.

Walking, carefully, on the beach below the cliffs from Watchet's West Beach to Blue Anchor you can see huge falls of rock in which shine bright fra