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Royal arms 1609 in Winsford church. Exmoor was not too remote to escape the outcome of conflict between king and parliament in the 1640s.

Mount's Bay was a major trading area with five ports in the 14th century.

Bristol, built at the bridging point of the Frome and Avon rivers in Saxon times, has been an important port for centuries.

Coastal shipping was the mainstay of the port of Minehead and many ships were owned by Minehead merchants, mariners and others.

Minehead harbour is a well known feature of the seaside resort offering shelter for pleasure boats, fishing trips and the occasional excitement of

The Minehead port area, which stretched from the Devon boundary to Shurton Barrs near Stogursey, was full of small creeks and landing places where

Minehead harbour belonged to the Luttrells and was run by harbourmas

In the 17th and early 18th centuries Minehead's extensive overseas trade embraced the West Indies and the names of Barbados and Jamaica were associ