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Minehead, Somerset

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Minehead, Somerset

Minehead is a coastal town and civil parish in Somerset, England. It lies on the south bank of the Bristol Channel, 21 miles north-west of the county town of Taunton, 12 miles from the border with the county of Devon and in proximity of the Exmoor National Park. The parish of Minehead has a population of approximately 10,330 making it the most populous town in the West Somerset local government district. This figure includes Alcombe, a suburban village which has been subsumed into Minehead.
DistrictWest Somerset
Post townMinehead
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridSS9646
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
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 Minehead, Somerset has been known in the past

Maheved ~ Minhead ~ Mynhead ~ Maneheue ~ Maneheua

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

Minehead, watering-place, par., and market town, Somerset, on S. shore of Bristol Channel, 8¼ miles NW. of Watchet and 24¾ miles NW. of Taunton by rail, 4581 ac. (590 water), pop. 1774; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Wednesday. The harbour is very safe, but does not receive much support from shipmasters. Minehead is a pleasant place, with excellent houses and good hotels, and is rapidly growing in favour with visitors; it has ample sands, fair bathing, and an interesting neighbourhood. Leather mfr. is the leading industry.

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