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In the 15th century Minehead was still a mainly agricultural area. However, the position of the settlement, on the north coast of Somerset, between Exmoor and the sea, meant that the fishing industry soon developed. For hundreds of years afterwards, herring was the staple catch of the local fishermen. At one time, the parish church had a beacon, both to guide travellers on Exmoor into town and to help ships into the harbour.

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The lovely scenery of this area is said to have inspired the words of the hymn “All Things Bright and Beautiful”, by Cecil Frances Alexander. A much later son of Minehead was the science fiction writer, Arthur C, Clarke, who was born here in 1917.

As Minehead developed as a holiday resort, the town and the occupations of the people changed to accommodate this new function. When the railways opened, the number of visitors increased and the town continues to be a popular tourist destination today.

The harbour, beach and promenade are all sheltered by the heather-clad hills inland of the town. North Hill is one of these and offers good views of both the town and the Bristol Channel. Minehead has a superb setting between the Exmoor National Park and the coast. Originally there were three separate settlements here but these have merged into one.

Guest Houses:

Armadale Guest House, 11 Tregonwell Road Tel: 01643 702931
Beeches Holiday Park, Blue Anchor, Minehead Tel: 01984 640391
Camelot, Carhampton Road, Blue Anchor, Minehead Tel: 01643 821348
Karslake House, Minehead Tel: 01643 851242
Langbury Hotel, Blue Anchor, Minehead Tel: 01643 821375
Langtry Country House Hotel, Washford, Watchet Tel: 01984 641333
Lorna Doone Guest House, 26 Tregonwell Road Tel: 01643 702540
Steps Farmhouse, Bilbrook, Minehead Tel: 01984 640974
Stockleigh Lodge Country House, Exford Tel: 01643 831500
The Bactonleigh Hotel, 20 Tregonwell Road Tel: 01643 702147
The Cottage, High Street, Porlock, Minehead Tel: 01643 862996
The Yarn Market Hotel, 25-33 High Street Minehead Tel: 01643 821425
Tranmere Guest House, 24 Tregonwell Road Tel: 01643 702647


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