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Content generated during research for Victoria County History Somerset Volume XII. More information is available on the VCH Somerset website

As Dunster's economy rose and fell people came and went.

Water is not only vital for life and domestic comfort but for centuries was the main source of power for much of England's industry.

We take street lighting for granted but it was slow to reach many parts of Britain and some communities have never had street lighting and do not d

Before 1800 Dunster had the most important market in West Somerset serving a wide area of the Brendons and Exmoor as well as the coastal communitie

The people of medieval Dunster came from many places, which has left traces in their surnames.

Cloth was woven at Dunster by 1266 and cloths known as Dunsters were exported from the mid 16th century.

Dunster is a compact settlement west of the Avill and the Tor between Grabbist Hill to the south and Conygar Hill to the north and seems to have de

Dunster was held for the Crown in the 1640s and was the last Royalist stronghold.

Like most communities Dunster suffered heavy losses in the First World war although at least one man survived only to die during the Second World W

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