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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

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

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

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.

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