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In 1630 merchant Robert Quirk built 11 dwellings for the poor on waste ground east of the cross beside the market place.

Education was provided by several teachers and at a charity school but in 1818 only 120 children attended day schools and the poor lacked education

Before the New Poor Law and the establishment of Union workhouses parishes had to take care of their poor in their own homes or in communal accommo

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