Minehead is a coastal town and civil parish in Somerset, England. It
lies on the south bank of the
Bristol Channel, 21 miles (34 km)
north-west of the county town of Taunton, 12 miles (19 km) 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 11,981 making it the most populous town in the West
Somerset local government district, which in turn, is the worst
area in the country for social mobility. This figure includes
Alcombe and Woodcombe, suburban villages which have been subsumed into
There is evidence of human occupation in the area since the Bronze and
Iron Ages. Before the Norman conquest it was held by Ælfgar, Earl of
Mercia and after it by
William de Moyon and his descendants, who
administered the area from
Dunster Castle, which was later sold to Sir
George Luttrell and his family. There was a small port at
1380, which grew into a major trading centre during the medieval
period. Most trade transferred to larger ports during the 20th
century, but pleasure steamers did call at the port. Major rebuilding
took place in the Lower or Middle town area following a fire in 1791
and the fortunes of the town revived with the growth in sea bathing,
and by 1851 was becoming a retirement centre. There was a marked
increase in building during the early years of the 20th century, which
resulted in the wide main shopping avenue and adjacent roads with
Edwardian style architecture. The town's flood defences were improved
after a storm in 1990 caused flooding.
Minehead is governed by a town council, which was created in 1983 and
has been part of the West
Somerset local government district since
1974. In addition to the parish church of
St. Michael on the Hill in
Minehead, the separate parish church of St Michael the Archangel is
situated in Church Street, Alcombe. Alcombe is also home to the
Spiritualist Church in Grove Place. Since 1991,
Minehead has been
twinned with Saint-Berthevin, a small town close to the regional
centre of Laval in the
Mayenne département of France. Blenheim
Gardens, which is Minehead’s largest park, was opened in 1925. The
town is also the home of a
Butlins Holiday Park which increases
Minehead's seasonal tourist population by several thousand.
There are a variety of schools and religious, cultural and sporting
facilities including sailing and wind surfing and golf. One popular
ancient local tradition involves the Hobby Horse, or Obby Oss, which
takes to the streets for four days on the eve of the first of May each
year, with accompanying musicians and rival horses. The town is the
starting point of the
South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path National Trail, the
nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail. The Minehead
Railway was opened in 1874 and closed in 1971 but has since been
reopened as the West
7 Religious sites
8 Local economy
May Day Hobby Horse
10 Sport and recreation
11 Notable residents
13 External links
The town sits at the foot of a steeply rising outcrop of
as North Hill, and the original name of the town was mynydd, which
means mountain in Welsh. It has also been written as Mynheafdon
(1046), Maneheve (1086), Menehewed (1225) and Menedun (also 1225),
which contain elements of Welsh and
Old English words for hill.
Bronze Age barrows at
Selworthy Beacon and an
Iron Age enclosure at
Furzebury Brake, west of the town show evidence of prehistoric
occupation of the area, although there is also possible evidence in
the intertidal area, where the remains of a submerged forest still
Minehead was part of the hundred of Carhampton. It is mentioned as
a manor belonging to
William de Moyon in the
Domesday Book in 1086,
although it had previously been held by Ælfgar, Earl of Mercia.
William de Mohun of Dunster, 1st Earl of
Somerset and his descendants
administered the area from
Dunster Castle, which was later sold to Sir
George Luttrell and his family.
There was a small port at
Minehead by 1380, but it was not until 1420
that money given by Lady Margaret Luttrell enabled improvements to be
made and a jetty built. During the reign of Elizabeth I, the town had
its own Port Officer similar to the position at Bristol. Vessels in
the 15th century included the Trinite which traded between
Bristol, and others carrying salt and other cargo from
La Rochelle in
France. Other products included local wool and cloth which were traded
for coal from South Wales. In 1559 a Charter of Incorporation,
established a free Borough and Parliamentary representation, but was
made conditional on improvements being made to the port. The harbour
silted up and fell into disrepair so that in 1604 James I withdrew the
town's charter. Control reverted to the Luttrells and a new harbour
was built, at a cost of £5,000, further out to sea than the original,
which had been at the mouth of the Bratton Stream. It incorporated a
pier, dating from 1616, and was built to replace that at
was silting up. Trade was primarily with Wales for cattle, sheep,
wool, butter, fish and coal. These are commemorated in the town arms
which include a woolpack and sailing ship.
Privateers based at
Minehead were involved in the war with Spain and France during
1625–1630 and again during the
War of the Spanish Succession
War of the Spanish Succession from
1702–1713. The first cranes were installed after further
improvements to the port in 1714.
The Mermaid, one of the oldest business premises in the town, has
been, at various times, a ship chandler's, a nineteenth-century
"department store" and in more recent years a tearoom. The building
was the home of Minehead’s famous Whistling Ghost – Old
Mother Leakey, who died in 1634. The ghost became notorious by
allegedly "whistling up a storm" whenever one of her son’s ships
neared port. The level of anxiety in the town became so great that, in
Bishop of Bath and Wells
Bishop of Bath and Wells presided over a
Royal Commission to
inquire into the matter. The commission eventually reported that the
witnesses were unreliable and when its findings were signed by
Archbishop Laud and the ghost's publicity began to wane.
By the beginning of the 18th century, trade between
Ireland, South Wales,
Bridgwater grew, with forty vessels
based in the harbour for trade and herring fishing. It was also a
departure point for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostella. Until the
19th century trade continued with
Minehead vessels started
to travel further afield to
Virginia and the West Indies. Further
problems with the port continued and led to a decline in trade and the
fisheries in the late 18th century and in 1834 the port lost its
jurisdiction to Bridgwater. In the 20th century most trade
transferred to larger ports, but pleasure steamers did call at the
Minehead Lifeboat Station
Minehead Lifeboat Station was established in 1901 near the
harbour. The pier was demolished during the
Second World War
Second World War as it
obstructed the view from the gun battery on the quay head, as part
of the coastal defence preparations, which stopped steamers calling at
the harbour until it was cleared in 1951. In 1808 a ship, believed to
Bristol Packet which had been built in 1801 was wrecked on
Statue of Queen Anne in Wellington Square
Major rebuilding took place in the Lower or Middle town area following
a fire in 1791. In that year a
Carrara marble statue of Queen
Anne, sculpted by
Francis Bird was presented to the town by Sir Jacob
Bancks, who served as the local
Member of Parliament from 1698 to
1715. It originally stood in the parish church but was moved to
Wellington Square in 1893, when the marble pedestal and canopy by
H. Dare Bryan were added. Lower town and the quay area were
rebuilt and the fortunes of the town revived with the growth in sea
bathing, and by 1851 was becoming a retirement centre.
Early areas of development of the town include Higher Town with its
cottages, many of which are "listed" buildings of historic interest,
some of which are still thatched, and the Quay area. In Victorian
times wealthy industrialists built large houses on North Hill and
hotels were developed so that tourism became an important
industry. There was a marked increase in building in the early
years of the 20th century when the landowners, the Luttrells of
Dunster Castle, released extensive building land. Probably the most
prolific Edwardian architect was W.J.Tamlyn from North
settled in the town and was responsible for designing several hundred
domestic properties as well as the Market House, Town Hall and Queens
Hall. It was in the Edwardian and
Victorian era that tourism in
the town increased. The steamship SS Pelican grounded in Minehead
Bay on 22 June 1928, on an unmarked reef known as the Gables that
Minehead Bay, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from land. The
Pelican was sailing from
Port Talbot to Highbridge. The crew of five
were rescued by the
Minehead Lifeboat. Evacuees were billeted in
Minehead during the Second World War. During the war, the town was
bombed by KG 54, a
Luftwaffe bomber wing on the night of the 7/8 April
Butlins opened in 1962, and has brought thousands of
visitors to the town.
The civil parish of
Minehead is governed by a town council, which was
created in 1983. In 2002, the parish was estimated to have a
population of 10,330. Administratively,
Minehead has been part of the
Somerset local government district since 1974, having previously
Minehead Urban District. The district is in turn part of the
Somerset shire county, and administrative tasks are shared between
county, district and town councils.
It falls within the
Bridgwater and West
represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United
Kingdom. It elects one
Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the
post system of election. The current MP is Ian Liddell-Grainger, a
member of the Conservative Party.
Minehead is within the
South West England
South West England (European Parliament
constituency), which elects six MEPs using the d'Hondt method of
party-list proportional representation.
One of the wild ponies on North Hill
Minehead is located on the
Bristol Channel coast of South West
England, and thus experiences one of the highest tidal ranges in the
world. The tidal rise and fall in the
Bristol Channel can be as great
as 48 ft (15 m), second only to the
Bay of Fundy
Bay of Fundy in
The town is overlooked by North Hill, and is just outside the
Exmoor National Park. The cliff exposures around the
shoreline are dramatic and fossils are exposed. Areas of the town
included Higher Town, Quay Town and Lower or Middle Town, although
they are no longer separate.
In 1990, much of Minehead's beach was washed away in a severe storm
which also caused serious flooding in the town. A £12.6 million sea
defence scheme by the
Environment Agency was designed to reduce the
risk of this erosion and flooding happening in the future. The
Environment Agency built 1.1 miles (1.8 km) of new sea wall and
rock or concrete stepped revetments between 1997 and 1998 and imported
320,000 tons of additional sand in 1999 to build a new beach.
This beach sits between four rock groynes and has been built at a much
higher level than the previous beach so that the waves are broken
before they reach the new sea wall. Any waves that do reach the new
wall are turned back by its curved shape. The town's new sea defences
were officially opened in 2001.
Blenheim Gardens, which is Minehead’s largest park, was opened in
1925. The bandstand within the park is used to host musical
Along with the rest of South West England,
Minehead has a temperate
climate which is generally wetter and milder than the rest of England.
The annual mean temperature is about 10 °C (50 °F) with
seasonal and diurnal variations, but due to the modifying effect of
the sea, the range is less than in most other parts of the United
Kingdom. January is the coldest month with mean minimum temperatures
between 1 °C (34 °F) and 2 °C (36 °F). July
and August are the warmest months in the region with mean daily maxima
around 21 °C (70 °F). In general, December is the dullest
month and June the sunniest. The south west of
England enjoys a
favoured location, particularly in summer, when the Azores High
extends its influence north-eastwards towards the UK.
Cloud often forms inland, especially near hills, and reduces exposure
to sunshine. The average annual sunshine totals around 1,600 hours.
Rainfall tends to be associated with
Atlantic depressions or with
convection. In summer, convection caused by solar surface heating
sometimes forms shower clouds and a large proportion of the annual
precipitation falls from showers and thunderstorms at this time of
year. Average rainfall is around 800–900 mm (31–35 in).
About 8–15 days of snowfall is typical. November to March have the
highest mean wind speeds, with June to August having the lightest. The
predominant wind direction is from the south-west.
Sculpture marking the start of the South West Coast Path
The town's major tourist attraction is
Butlins holiday camp. Others
include: the terminus of the West
Somerset Railway; the town's main
ornamental park, Blenheim Gardens, off Blenheim Road; and the Minehead
Somerset Golf Club, Somerset's oldest golf club,
established in 1882, which has an 18-hole links course. A variety of
sailing and wind surfing options are on offer, as well as the usual
beach activities. There are many other attractions and amusement
arcades and a variety of well-known high street stores such as W H
Smith and Boots, together with independent local shops. The town has
Tesco and a
Morrisons supermarket on its outskirts as well as a
South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path National Trail starts at a marker, erected
Minehead in 2001, partly paid for by the South West Coast Path
Association. The UK's longest long-distance countryside walking trail,
it runs along the South West Coast to
Poole in Dorset.
The town's location—sea to the north and
Exmoor to the south—means
that transport links are limited.
Minehead is located on the A39 road.
Local bus services are operated by
Webberbus (seven routes), First
England (three routes), and
Quantock Motor Services
Quantock Motor Services (two
Minehead railway station
Minehead railway station is close to the beach. The
was opened on 16 July 1874, linking the town to
Taunton and beyond. It
was operated by the
Bristol and Exeter Railway which was amalgamated
Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway in 1876. The
Minehead Railway was
itself absorbed into the GWR in 1897, which in turn was
British Railways in 1948. It was closed on 4
January 1971 but has since been reopened as the West Somerset
Railway, which is notable for being the longest standard gauge
heritage railway in Britain.
In Minehead, there are two first schools, one middle school
Minehead Middle School) and an upper school, West
which provides education for 1,298 students between the ages of 13 and
18. In 2006 there was debate about changing West Somerset's 3-tier
school system to a 2-tier system to match the rest of
Somerset and the
majority of education authorities in the UK.
St Michael's Church tower
Anglican parish church of St Michael dates from the 15th century
and has been designated by
English Heritage as a Grade II* listed
building; its tower used to display a beacon light for ships
approaching the harbour. After being caught in a violent storm at
sea, Robert Quirke dedicated a ship and its cargo to God's service,
as well as donating a cellar near the quay for prayers to be offered
for those at sea. Dating from 1628 and known as the Gibraltar Celler
[sic], it is now the
Chapel of St Peter. Quirke also donated money
from the sale of the ship and its cargo to build
St Michael's parish church contains a number of historical highlights,
including an impressive late medieval rood screen and rood stair, and
an attractive stained glass window designed by Sir Henry Holiday. The
view from the churchyard of the surrounding hills and coastline is
The Church of St Michael the Archangel in Alcombe was built in 1903 as
a chapel of ease for the
Dunster parish, but in 1953 it became the
Parish Church of Alcombe in its own right. St. Andrew's Church, on
Wellington Square in the town, was built of red sandstone in
1877–1880, by George Edmund Street.
Butlins Minehead is the only
Butlins resort still to have a small
on-site chapel, and over the
Easter period the entire resort plays
host to an annual Spring Harvest, the largest Christian festival in
the UK. The Catholic parish of
Minehead covers an area of 200
square miles (520 km2) and is served by the Sacred Heart Parish
Church, built in 1896, as well as a mass centre in the nearby
village of Watchet. There are also religious sites serving the needs
of the Baptist, Evangelical,
Methodist and United Reformed communities
and the Plymouth Brethren.
Minehead has one of the UK's three remaining
Butlins holiday camps,
and tourism has been a part of Minehead's economy since Victorian
times. At the height of the season in late July and early August, the
town's population is significantly increased by an influx of tourists.
There is a Farmers' Market in the Parade every Friday from
8.30 am to 2 pm, with a wide range of reasonably priced
The town hosts the annual
Exmoor Festival, a week-long
classical music festival that has been running since 1963. Richard
Dickins has held the post of artistic director for the festival since
The wooded bluffs above
Minehead feature as the Hermit's abode "in
that wood which slopes down to the sea", in The Rime of the Ancient
Mariner by Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The poet lived
Nether Stowey (between
Bridgwater and Minehead). His statue
can be seen at the nearby harbour at Watchet. He and Wordsworth (who
lived nearby at Alfoxton House) would often roam the hills and coast
on long night walks; leading to local gossip that they were 'spies'
for the French. The Government sent an agent to investigate, but found
they were, indeed, "mere poets".
Cecil Frances Alexander
Cecil Frances Alexander wrote the
All Things Bright And Beautiful in
Dunster the verse:
"The purple headed mountain, The river running by, The sunset and the
morning, That brightens up the sky;−" Refers to Grabbist Hill and
River Avill that runs near it through the popular tourist location
Snowdrop Valley on Exmoor
Minehead was the subject of a parody skit as the fictional target of a
takeover in Monty Python's infamous "Mr. Hilter" sketch, where barely
concealed caricatures of Hitler, von Ribbentrop and Heinrich Himmler
conspire at a local rooming house. There, the "National Bocialist"
party wish to unite
Taunton in a manner similar to the
Anschluss between Germany and Austria in 1938.
May Day Hobby Horse
Minehead Hobby Horse
Minehead Hobby Horse
One popular ancient local tradition involves the Hobby Horse, or Obby
Oss, which takes to the streets on the eve of the first of May each
year, with accompanying musicians and rival horses, for four days. In
fact there are three rival hobby horses, the Original Sailor's Horse,
the Traditional Sailor's Horse and the Town Horse. They appear on
May Eve (called "Show Night"), on
May Day morning (when they salute
the sunrise at a crossroads on the outskirts of town), 2 and 3 May
(when a ceremony called "The Bootie" takes place in the evening called
"Bootie Night" at part of town called Cher). Each horse is made of a
boat-shaped wooden frame, pointed and built up at each end, which is
carried on the dancer's shoulders.
As at Padstow, his face is hidden by a mask attached to a tall,
pointed hat. The top surface of the horse is covered with ribbons and
strips of fabric. A long fabric skirt, painted with rows of
multicoloured roundels, hangs down to the ground all round. A long
tail is attached to the back of the frame. Each horse is accompanied
by a small group of musicians and attendants. The Town Horse is
accompanied by "Gullivers", dressed similarly to the horse but without
the large frame; as at Padstow, smaller, children's horses have
sometimes been constructed. The horses' visits are (or were) believed
to bring good luck. In the past there was also a similar hobby horse
based at the nearby village of Dunster, which would sometimes visit
Minehead. The first of May has been a festival day in
Sport and recreation
Minehead Barbarians, the town's rugby club, have been playing together
since the 1930s, but the main local football club, Minehead
A.F.C., is even older, founded in 1889. In September 2007, the
TWIF European Outdoor
Tug of war
Tug of war Championships was held at the
football club's stadium.
Minehead Cricket Club, based at the West
Somerset College in Alcombe, field four men's teams and one women's
Minehead Hockey Club play close by at the West Somerset
Sports & Leisure Centre. There were plans for a swimming pool
to be built in the grounds of the West
Somerset College and there
is a bowls club on Irnham Road.
Minehead has on several occasions played host to the Britain's
Strongest Man contest, most recently in 2004, and since 2006 the
Butlin's Resort has been one of the venues for the World Wrestling
Entertainment's UK winter tour. In 2010 stage four of the Tour of
Britain cycling race started in Minehead.
In April 2010 RadioMinehead.com started to broadcast music, travel
news, events guide and general to and for the
The 2011 European Outdoor
Tug of War
Tug of War Championships was held within the
grounds at Butlin's
Minehead from 22 to 25 September.
Since December 2012
Minehead has hosted the PDC Players Championship
Minehead also hosts many motorsport events including the Somerset
Stages Rally which has been hosted in the area for years. There is
also the Enduroland Quad and Motocross Event held in Bratton Woods.
Richard Chorley (1927–2002), noted physical geographer, was born and
brought up in Minehead.
Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke (1917–2008), science fiction writer, was born in
Peter Hurford (born 1930), organist and composer, was born in
Stephen Mulhern (born 1977), television presenter, was born in
Minehead, although he also claims he was born in Stratford, East
Adam O'Brian (born 1989), actor in The Imposter (2012 film), was
brought up in Minehead.
Nick Partridge OBE, Chief Executive of The Terrence Higgins Trust,
and a key campaigner on
HIV and AIDS, lived in the town in the 1970s
when his family moved there to run a hotel.
Tim Kevan writer, blogger and barrister, author of the Baby Barista
series of books, was brought up in Minehead
Danielle Waterman (born 1984), Member of the
England women's national
rugby union team and member of the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup
winning team, was brought up in Minehead
^ a b c "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes — SUMMARY
Somerset Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January
^ Morris, Steven (28 November 2017). "'It feels a little forgotten':
Somerset bears brunt of social mobility challenge". The Guardian.
Retrieved 16 December 2017.
^ a b c d e Leete-Hodge, Lornie (1985). Curiosities of Somerset.
Bodmin: Bossiney Books. p. 45. ISBN 0-906456-98-3.
^ a b c d e f g h i Gathercole, Clare. "Minehead" (PDF). English
Heritage Extensive Urban Survey.
Somerset County Council.
pp. 4–8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2011.
Retrieved 2 May 2010.
^ "Carhampton Hundred". Domesday Map. Archived from the original on 8
October 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003.
ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.262-6
^ a b c d e f g h "History".
Minehead Town Council. Retrieved 13 June
Minehead Ghost" at exmoorencyclopedia.org.uk Archived 13 July 2011
at the Wayback Machine.
Minehead lifeboat. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
^ Farr, Grahame (1954).
Somerset Harbours. London: Christopher
Johnson. pp. 140–154.
^ "Wreck at Minehead, possibly the
Bristol Packet". National Heritage
List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
^ Havinden, Michael (1982). The
Somerset Landscape. The making of the
English landscape. London: Hodder and Stoughton. p. 139.
^ Byford, Enid (1987).
Somerset Curiosities. Dovecote Press.
p. 45. ISBN 0946159483.
^ "Statue of Queen Anne". Images of England. English Heritage.
Retrieved 2 May 2010.
Minehead Holidays. Archived from the original
on 2 September 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
^ "The Town Hall".
Minehead Town Council. Retrieved 13 June
^ Brain, Pauline (2010). Some Men Who Made Barnstaple...: And Arts
& Crafts in Barnstaple. Roundabout
Somerset Historic Environment Record.
Somerset County Council. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
^ Goss, Chris. (2010). The Luftwaffe's Blitz: The Inside Story,
November 1940—May 1941. Crecy, Manchester.
ISBN 978-0-85979-148-9, p. 237.
Minehead UD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of
Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
^ "Alphabetical List of Constituencies and Members of Parliament".
House of Commons Information Office. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
^ "Severn River Basin District" (PDF). Envioprnment Agency. p. 3.
Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 28
^ Chan, Marjorie A.; Archer, Allen William (2003). Extreme
Depositional Environments: Mega End Members in Geologic Time. Boulder,
Colorado: Geological Society of America. p. 151.
Bristol Channel". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
^ "Minehead – Taming the tempestuous tides" (PDF). The
Environment Agency. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
^ "Blenheim Gardens Festival". Brit Events. Retrieved 2 May
^ a b "South West England: climate". Met Office. Archived from the
original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2010.
^ SWCPA. "Photo tour:
Minehead marker". Archived from the original on
3 November 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
^ MacDermot, E T (1931). History of the Great Western Railway. 2
(1863–1921) (1 ed.). London: Great Western Railway.
pp. 173–174. ISBN 0-7110-0411-0.
^ Allen, G. Freeman (1979). The Western Since 1948. Shepperton: Ian
Allan. pp. 9–12. ISBN 0-7110-0883-3.
^ Oakley, Mike (2006).
Somerset Railway Stations. Bristol: Redcliffe
Press. pp. 88–89. ISBN 1-904537-54-5.
Somerset Railway". Angielski co uk. Archived from the original
on 23 July 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
Minehead Middle School".
Minehead Middle School. Retrieved 1 May
Somerset Community College". Ofsted. Archived from the
original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
^ "Parish Church of St Michael". Images of England. Retrieved 2 March
^ "St Peter, Minehead". Church of England. Retrieved 6 June
^ "QUIRKE, James (d.1611), of Minehead, Som". History of Parliament.
The History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
^ "History of Minehead".
Minehead Town Council. Retrieved 13 June
^ Holt, Alan L. (1984). West Somerset: Romantic Routes and Mysterious
Byways. Skilton. pp. 40–41. ISBN 978-0284986917.
^ a b "Minehead". Churches together. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
^ "Church of St Andrew". Images of England. Retrieved 2 March
Minehead over the years".
Butlins Memories. Retrieved 21 August
^ Morris, Steven (5 July 2007). "No to knobbly knees:
Butlins tries to
bring Miami touch to Minehead". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 May
^ "Sacred Heart Parish Church". Sacred Heart. Retrieved 12 September
Minehead Farmers Market".
Minehead Farmers Market. Retrieved 18
Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 1 May
^ "Minehead". Everything Exmoor. Archived from the original on 2 July
2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
^ "Episode 12". Ib Rasmussen's Web Domain. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
^ "Visitors / Mr. Hitler / The North
Minehead By-election". Monty
Python's Flying Circus: The Sketches. PythoNet. Archived from the
original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
Minehead Hobby Horse".
Minehead Hobby Horse. Retrieved 1 May
^ "Coast". BBC. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
Minehead Barbarians RFC. Archived from the original on 27
August 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
^ "About Us".
Minehead FC. Archived from the original on 22 August
2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
^ "Fixtures". St Pats Tug of War. Archived from the original on 1
March 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
Minehead CC". play-cricket. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
^ "Find Us".
Minehead Hockey Club. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
^ Vaughan, Lloyd (14 August 2009). "New
Minehead swimming pool "a long
Somerset County Gazette. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
Bowls Club". Bowlsclub.org. Retrieved 29 September
^ "History of Butlins". Butlins. Archived from the original on 7
August 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
^ "WWE at Butlins". Butlins. Archived from the original on 17 August
2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
^ "Vacansoleil shine in the South West". Tour of Britain. Archived
from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September
^ "News and results".
Tug of War
Tug of War association. Retrieved 27 January
^ "Players Championship Finals Darts 2016 live scores and tournament
schedule of play". Barts TV. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
^ "Professor Richard Chorley". The Independent. 2 May 2002. Retrieved
1 May 2010.
^ Lech Mintowt-Czyz and Steve Bird (19 March 2008). "Science fiction
author Arthur C Clarke dies aged 90". The Times. London. Retrieved 19
^ "Nick Partridge". Charities Direct. Archived from the original on 26
December 2010. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Minehead.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Minehead.
Minehead Town Council (official site)
Minehead Farmers' Market
Minehead at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
Minehead in the Domesday Book
Alcombe in the Domesday Book
Towns, villages and hamlets in the West
Somerset district of Somerset,
Ceremonial county of Somerset
Bath and North East Somerset
Boroughs or districts
See also: List of civil parishes in Somerset
Axe (Lyme Bay)
Hoar Oak Water
Yeo (South Somerset)
Culture of Somerset
Economy of Somerset
Geography of Somerset
Geology of Somerset
Grade I listed buildings
Grade II* listed buildings
High Sheriff of Somerset
History of Somerset
Local nature reserves
Lord Lieutenant of Somerset
National nature reserves
Population of major settlements
Transport in Somerset
Geographic areas: Blackdown Hills
South West Coast Path
Somerset Coast Path