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Porlock, Somerset

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Porlock, Somerset

Porlock is a coastal village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated in a deep hollow below Exmoor, 5 miles west of Minehead. The parish, which includes Hawkcombe and Doverhay, has a population of 1,377. In a 2010 survey based on data from the Office for National Statistics Porlock was found to have the most elderly population in Britain with over 40% of the population being of pensionable age.
DistrictWest Somerset
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridSS8846
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01643

Other names by which Porlock, Somerset has been known in the past

Porteloca ~ Portlocan ~ Portloc

Porlock, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Porlock, par. and vil., Somerset - par., 6019 ac. (355 water), pop. 765; vil., 1½ mile S. of Porlock Bay and 6 miles W. of Minehead; P.O.; is an ancient place, and was a seat of the Saxon kings. It presents a picturesque appearance, and it holds three fairs yearly. The Vale of Porlock is 1 mile in width, and is bounded on the S. by slopes which culminate in Dunkery Beacon. Porlock Bay, on the Bristol Channel, is 4½ miles wide, and overhung by lofty cliffs.

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