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Simonsbath village

The shop and information point at Simonsbath, converted out of poor single-storey cottages. Exmoor Forest Hotel in background.

By 1891 Simonsbath had a school, blacksmith, carpenter, masons, dressmakers, and a hotel, which was also a farm. The Knights were at Simonsbath House that year with servants in the house or at West Cottages. By 1901 the parish had a post office.

A survey of 1910 describes the village cottages as poor. Buildings were of stone, sometimes stuccoed, and slate, often tarred over to keep the rain out. A few were dilapidated, damp, and even ruinous. Single storey dwellings were common. Simonsbath Post Office was said to be barely habitable.

 

 

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