In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Minehead like this:
Minehead, watering-place, par., and market town, Somerset, on S. shore of Bristol Channel, 8¼ miles NW. of Watchet and 24¾ miles NW. of Taunton by rail, 4581 ac. (590 water), pop. 1774; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Wednesday. The harbour is very safe, but does not receive much support from shipmasters. Minehead is a pleasant place, with excellent houses and good hotels, and is rapidly growing in favour with visitors; it has ample sands, fair bathing, and an interesting neighbourhood. Leather mfr. is the leading industry.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Minehead has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Minehead and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Minehead in West Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 04th July 2015
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