Castles monuments in Exmoor & West Somerset
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Exmoor & West Somerset

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Exmoor & West Somerset...





Exmoor & West Somerset Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

Dunster Castle

Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL
Office: 01643 821314     Info: 01643 823 004     Fax: 01643 823 000
E-mail: dunstercastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Dunster Castle Photo  Steve Edge
Dunster Castle -
Photo: Steve Edge CCL

 

Ancient castle with fine interiors and sub-tropical gardens.

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times.

The 13th-century gatehouse survives, but the present building was remodelled in 186872 by Antony Salvin for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years.

View from Dunster Castle Photo  Crispin Purdye
View from Dunster Castle -
Photo: Crispin Purdye CCL

 

The fine oak staircase and plasterwork of the 17th-century house he adapted can still be seen.

There is a sheltered terrace to the south on which tender plants and shrubs grow, and beautiful parkland in which to walk.

Dunster Castle is home to the National Collection of Strawberry Trees and Britains oldest lemon tree.

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Dunster Working Watermill

Mill Lane, Dunster, nr Minehead, TA24 6SW
Tel: 01643 821759
E-mail: dunstermill@nationaltrust.org.uk

Lovers' Bridge Photo  Arjen Bax
Lovers' Bridge near the watermill -
Photo: Arjen Bax CCL

 

Fully-restored watermill. Built on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, the present mill dates from the 18th century and was restored to working order in 1979.



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Somerset's Finest Hill Forts

Cow Castle Photo  Maurice Clements
Cow Castle - Photo:  Maurice Clements CCL

 

Somerset is a region of highs and lows. Along the middle and northern parts, low coastline meets the marshy "Levels," while further inland lie the freshwater and peaty marshlands known as the "Moors." Most of this area is no more than 80 feet above sea level.

Among these expanses of flatlands lie five ranges of hills: the Mendips, Quantocks, Poldens, Blackdowns, and Brendons. The topography here, as anywhere, has played a role in how the land has been used over the centuries.Climb a hill in Somerset today and you may well see grazing land, roads, low-lying villages. You may also catch sight of drainage channels, locally known as rhynes (pronounced "reens").

These are key to why much of you see is land inhabited and used by people rather than simply being watery marsh.  More...

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The Ancient Yew of Ashbrittle

The Ashbrittle Yew Photo  Martin Bodman
The Ashbrittle Yew  -
Photo: Martin Bodman CCL

 

A series of country lanes winding through the heart of the English county of Somerset lead to the village of Ashbrittle.

This small village holds an ancient treasure in its churchyard: a 3000 year old example of the English Yew, Taxus baccata.

The tree was mature when Stonehenge was in use, making the 15th century church near where it grows a youngster in comparison.

As a plaque near the tree declares, "Generations of local people have cherished this tree, one of the oldest living things in Britain." More...


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