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Minehead Town in Somerset

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Minehead is a coastal resort at the eastern end of the Exmoor National Park in West Somerset.

There has been some sort of continuous human habitation here since the Bronze Age and it was held by Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066. By the end of the 14th century there was a small port at Minehead that grew into an important trading centre. Products were mainly traded across the Bristol Channel with South Wales with cattle, sheep, wool, butter and fish being sold in return for coal.

Minehead today is a mix of Edwardian architecture and modern buildings and is still an important seaside resort with Butlin's Minehead dominating the centre of the town.

Nearby points of interest include Dunster, Exmoor, Porlock and Watchet. It is a also a terminus for the West Somerset Railway from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton. Minehead and its surrounding area has a population of just over 10,000.

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The nearest source of local information is available from Minehead Visitor Information Centre.

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