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"MINEHEAD, a parish, seaport, post, and market town, in the hundred of Carhampton, county Somerset, 2¼ miles from Dunster, and 9 from Williton. It is situated on the cliffs of the Bristol Channel, and on the road from Williton to Lynton. The parish contains the hamlets of Bratton, Periton, Vineford, and Woodcombe. It is mentioned in Domesday Survey as Manheved, at which period it was held by William de Mohun. It is a decayed borough, having returned two members to parliament from Elizabeth's time till the passing of the Reform Act, 2nd William IV. cap. 45, when it was disfranchised. The town, which has at various periods suffered from fires, is divided into three parts-viz: Quay Town, Higher Town, and Lower Town, and is nominally governed by two portreeves, &c." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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