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ISBN: 9780857041777
AUTHOR: Hilary Binding & Douglas Stevens
The Book of Minehead with Alcombe
The Book of Minehead with Alcombe
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First published in 2000 and quickly sold out, this new edition of The Book of Minehead, published to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, brings the story of the community fully up to date. A new section highlights what has happened since the book was first issued, and new images capture how the Jubilee was celebrated. This unique publication is a vital record of the history and inhabitants of this remarkable town, presented in a single volume for all to treasure.

The story of Minehead, a harbour town on the West Somerset coast, dates back to prehistoric times. Written evidence begins with the Domesday Book in 1086 and from then on the history of the place is well documented in the de Mohun and Luttrell archives. Most of Minehead once belonged to these lords at Dunster and in medieval times it was primarily a farming and fishing community. By the 1830s the town was already becoming a holiday resort, the arrival of the railway in 1874 led to further expansion and today Minehead thrives as a centre for both visitors and local people alike. Alcombe, meanwhile, was part of Dunster parish until 1954. In the late- Victorian period the village began to grow and now links with Minehead, but still retains its individuality.

In the last decade Minehead has done much to redefine itself both as a town and a holiday resort with an emphasis on community. New initiatives include the Community Hospital and Minehead EYE, a purpose-built extreme sports skate park and youth centre. Meanwhile, the West Somerset Railway with its new turntable continues to go from strength to strength.

The late Douglas Stevens was born at Minehead in 1908. After his retirement from teaching he devoted much time to the study of local history with a particular interest in Minehead and the Civil War in West Somerset.

A teacher by profession, Hilary Binding has written several books on Somerset topics with a particular emphasis on Exmoor. Hilary was the founder editor of Exmoor: The Country Magazine and also writes a weekly column for the West Somerset Free Press and a collection of these writings has been published as Exmoor By The Way.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 177 7, hardback, 210x297mm, 160 pages. New Edition October 2012.

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Web Price: £24.99
28.96 EUR 31.24 USD 40.93 AUD

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