The Somerset Coast

The Somerset Coast
Title: The Somerset Coast
Release Date: 2019-02-22
Type book: Text
Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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I

THE SOMERSET COAST


IIWORKS BY CHARLES G. HARPER

The Portsmouth Road, and its Tributaries: To-day and in Daysof Old.

The Dover Road: Annals of an Ancient Turnpike.

The Bath Road: History, Fashion, and Frivolity on an OldHighway.

The Exeter Road: The Story of the West of England Highway.

The Great North Road: The Old Mail Road to Scotland. TwoVols.

The Norwich Road: An East Anglian Highway.

The Holyhead Road: The Mail-Coach Road to Dublin. TwoVols.

The Cambridge, Ely, and King’s Lynn Road: The GreatFenland Highway.

The Newmarket, Bury, Thetford, and Cromer Road: Sportand History on an East Anglian Turnpike.

The Oxford, Gloucester, and Milford Haven Road: TheReady Way to South Wales. Two Vols.

The Brighton Road: Speed, Sport, and History on the ClassicHighway.

The Hastings Road and the “Happy Springs of Tunbridge.”

Cycle Rides Round London.

A Practical Handbook of Drawing for Modern Methods ofReproduction.

Stage Coach and Mail in Days of Yore. Two Vols.

The Ingoldsby Country: Literary Landmarks of “The IngoldsbyLegends.”

The Hardy Country: Literary Landmarks of the Wessex Novels.

The Dorset Coast.

The South Devon Coast.

The Old Inns of Old England. Two Vols.

Love in the Harbour: a Longshore Comedy.

Rural Nooks Round London (Middlesex and Surrey).

Haunted Houses: Tales of the Supernatural.

The Manchester and Glasgow Road: This way to GretnaGreen. Two Vols.

The North Devon Coast.

Half Hours with the Highwaymen. Two Vols.

The Autocar Road Book.

The Tower Of London: Fortress, Palace, and Prison.

The Cornish Coast. North. [In the Press.

The Cornish Coast. South. [In the Press.


IV

CLIFTON BRIDGE


VTHE SOMERSET
COAST
BY
CHARLES G. HARPER
Somerset, that pleasant londe which
rennith to the Severn Se.”—Fuller.
London: CHAPMAN & HALL, Ltd.
1909

VIPRINTED AND BOUND BY
HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD.,
LONDON AND AYLESBURY.

VII

CONTENTS

Chapter   Page
I INTRODUCTORY 1
 
II THE RIVER AVON—CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE 6
 
III ABBOT’S LEIGH TO CLEVEDON 17
 
IV CLEVEDON—LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS: COLERIDGE 25
 
V CLEVEDON (continued)—LITERARY ASSOCIATIONS: TENNYSON 32
 
VI YATTON—CONGRESBURY—WICK ST. LAWRENCE 45
 
VII WORSPRING PRIORY—KEWSTOKE 56
 
VIIIVIII WESTON-SUPER-MARE 67
 
IX WORLEBURY—WORLE 78
 
X STEEP HOLM—FLAT HOLM—UPHILL—BREAN DOWN 87
 
XI BLEADON—BREAN—BRENT KNOLL 98
 
XII BURNHAM—HIGHBRIDGE—BAWDRIP—“BATH BRICKS”—THE RIVER PARRET 111
 
XIII BRIDGWATER—ADMIRAL BLAKE—THE MONMOUTH REBELLION 126
 
XIV CANNINGTON—THE QUANTOCKS—NETHER STOWEY, AND THE COLERIDGE CIRCLE 139
 
XV STEART—STOGURSEY—THE FOLK-SPEECH OF ZUMMERZET—GLATT-HUNTING AT KILVE—ST. AUDRIES 158
 
IXXVI WILLITON—ST. DECUMAN’S AND THE WYNDHAMS—WATCHET 179
 
XVII CLEEVE ABBEY—OLD CLEEVE—BLUE ANCHOR 189
 
XVIII DUNSTER 206
 
XIX MINEHEAD, NEW AND OLD—SELWORTHY—THE HORNER 227
 
XX PORLOCK—BOSSINGTON—PORLOCK WEIR 247
 
XXI CULBONE AND ITS REVELS—WHORTLEBERRIES 260
 
XXII THE “LORNA DOONE COUNTRY” 270
 
XXIII OARE—MALMSMEAD—THE BADGWORTHY VALLEY—THE “DOONE VALLEY”—GLENTHORNE 286
 
  Index 299

XI

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

  Page
Clifton Bridge Frontispiece
Map of The Somerset Coast 1
Avonmouth, from Pill 18
In Portishead Church 21
Coleridge’s Cottage, Clevedon 28
Clevedon 35
Clevedon Court 43
Kingston Seymour 46
Yatton Church 48
The Rectory, Congresbury 51
Woodspring Priory 58
Reliquary in Kewstoke Church (Front) 63
Reliquary in Kewstoke Church (Back) 65
Uphill 92
Bleadon Church 99
Berrow 102
Brent Knoll 107
Brent Knoll 109
Huntspill 117
Birthplace of Admiral Blake 128
Bridgwater: St. Mary’s Church, and Corn Exchange 132
Westonzoyland 134
Cannington 140
Nether Stowey; Gazebo at Stowey Court 143
XIIThe Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey 153
Nether Stowey 155
The “Mud Horse” 161
Stolford 163
Stogursey Castle 165
Kilve Church 171
Kilve: The Chantry 173
St. Audries 176
Bench-end, Sampford Brett; supposed to allude to the Legend of Lady Florence Wyndham 184
Watchet; Old Town Hall and Lock-up 186
Watchet 187
Entrance to Cleeve Abbey 192
The Refectory, Cleeve Abbey 197
Mysterious Effigy at Old Cleeve 201
Blue Anchor 203
Coneygore Tower, and Road into Minehead 207
Dunster Castle 210
Dunster; Castle and Yarn Market 218
Dunster Church, from the South, showing old Alcove in Churchyard Wall for the Stocks 221
Curious Archway, Dunster Church 223
The “Nunnery,” or “High House,” Dunster 225
Minehead 228
Seventeenth-Century Mantel, “Luttrell Arms” Inn 230
Quirke’s Almshouses 236
Doorway of the Manor Office 238
Minehead Church 238
The Manor Office, Minehead
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