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Minehead, situated about twenty five miles north west of Taunton on the Somerset coast, was once an important port, for both herring fishermen and for the shipping of wool, cattle and coal. With the silting of the harbour in the late eighteenth century, and the disappearance of the herring shoals, Minehead’s importance as a port diminished. The town’s fortunes took a turn for the better with the coming of the railway in the mid nineteenth century and Minehead, with its population of around 9000, now relies heavily on summer visitors, offering wide sandy beaches and mild climate. The map below shows the town of Minehead as it was in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

Minehead Town map

Map of Minehead

Old map of the town of Minehead circa 1950

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Minehead Map

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