Ringing the Bells
Minehead was enthusiastically Parliamentarian during the Civil War and there are records of the ringing of the bells in joyful commemoration of various parliamentary victories.
1645 paid the ringers 3 shillings when Bristol was taken and delivered up by Prince Rupert.
1646 paid 4 shillings and 8 pence to celebrate the yielding of Dunster Castle
1648 paid 4 shillings for ringing of the bells on surrender of Colchester to the Parliament.
Our last stop on this trail is this simple gate where many remember the donkeys being kept in the 1960's; it was also where six men were executed by hanging during the civil war.
Named Hangman's Yard the story goes in the year 1685, when the Duke of Monmouth led a revolt against King James II, many men from Minehead rallied to his side. However after his defeat, six of the captured rebels were brought back to Minehead and hanged from this beam.
I wonder if the church bells rang for justice on that day?
Only more recently has the location become a domestic residence as Mrs Webber used to keep her donkeys and ponies here during the 1960's, one of which was regularly ridden on the beach and the other used to pull the trap.
This is the end of our walk and I would like to both thank you for your time and also make you aware of the other five trails in the town, two of which are Hidden Histories just like this one.
But before you descend you many find there are some great little alleyways to explore up here.
To get back into town retrace your steps to the foot of Church steps then turn right and walk down Church lane.
At the foot of Church Lane bear left and down wards to eventually come out at Blenheim Gardens.
The images and sources for these trails have been wide and varied, there are many who have added just a little to the whole some of these were chance encounters in Minehead others I sought out. Those associated to Minehead Museum and the University of the Third Age should have a special thank you along with the Minehead Vision Team without whom this project would not have seen the light of day.
Somerset Heritage Trust was invaluable in guidance support and for first-rate reference throughout. Of their collections a special thanks should go to the family of Hilary Binding who granted permission for images drawn from her works to be published here. The Heritage Centre reference numbers from images are listed below.
Stephen Hooper and Daniel Cross whose trust and support has been solid throughout.
Julian Luke for guidance on postcard collection and also Chris Lenon-Wood and Cherry Temple.
Research relating to the a portion of material in the Quay Town Trail was collected by Alex Simson with Sea Shanty by Tom and Barbara Brown in connection with Halsway Manor.
Images of the Beatles by H Hole provided by A & C Elle of Dunster
Daphne McCutcheon should have a special mention as her website was a constant source of reference to whether my details were correct.
Banner image crown copyright OS 1938 – 611351 – T912,423
Binding, Hilary Book of Minehead with Alcombe ISBN: 1303223595
Tongue, Ruth L. Chime child, or, Somerset singers ISBN: 30105001793653
Palmer, Kingsley Folklore of Somerset ISBN: 30105002541416
Underwood, Peter Ghosts of Somerset ISBN: 1307897231
Guide to Minehead and its neighbourhood ISBN: 30105006396098
Larter, C.E. Kille, H.W Minehead, Porlock and Dunster ISBN: 30105006396569
Binding, Hilary Old Minehead and around: Minehead-Dunster-Selworthy ISBN: 30105011623981
Clarke, L. A. The Minehead United Turnpike Trust ISBN: 0953353966
Patten, Robert William Exmoor custom and song ISBN: 0900131144
Sellick, Roger The West Somerset mineral railway ISBN: 0715349619
L.M. & B. Bond, A guide to Minehead and its neighbourhood 1879 ISBN: GRN0194598
Jeff Cox West Somerset in the News ISBN: 9781906551094
John Gilman Sue Lloyd, From Curragh to Ketch ISBN: 7980954904357
Web References include Minehead Wiki pages, West Somerset Gazette, The Exmoor Magazine, The Guardian.
Image references – Somerset Heritage Trust
Ref – A/AGC/38/5 (Hilary Binding Albums)
Ref – A/DRY/13/54
Ref – A/DRY/13/49
Ref – A/DRY/13/39
Ref – A/DRY/13/9
Editing by D Jelley
Attention should also be drawn to the funding badges below which has enabled these trails to be created and delivered with out advertisement.
All details were correct at publication – March 2015
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