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

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.

Dunster sat in a web of routes from Exmoor to the coast and between villages and hamlets but from the 18th century attempts were made to rationalis

Apothecaries and surgeons were based in Dunster from at least the early 17th century, serving the area around as well as Dunster itself, so it is n

Until the 19th century Dunster was more important as a retail centre than Minehead. Dunster mercers were recorded from the 15th to 19th centuries a

Dunster has always been well served with alehouses and inns.

Dunster Castle on its hilltop site forms a dramatic eyecatcher from the road to Minehead or the West Somerset Railway.

Minehead’s position as a port town in the 17th century probably encouraged dissent to flourish and by 1667 there were public conventicles, said to

Alcombe is now part of Minehead but was formerly a village in Dunster parish.

The little river Avill drove a surprising number of corn and fulling mills in the Middle Ages.