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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.

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

The 17th century was a time of prosperity in Minehead as surviving houses of the period attest.

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

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

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

Like any community Minehead needed water and this was traditionally supplied by springs and streams and later also from wells but the growth in tou

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