"Then there's the village" Dunster Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Dunster Things to Do: 8 reviews and 18 photos

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  • Then there's the village - Dunster

The village of Dunster, when the sea lapped at its edges in the 12th century, thrived as a trading port for beans, barley, wine and Welsh wool.
Unlucky, the ocean retreated, thus leaving Dunster sitting 2 miles inland and it turned to England's growing wool market and became a weaving centre. The old Yarn Market (rebuilt in the late 16th century) with its unusual-shaped roof still sits in the middle of the High Street. Once "Dunster" cloth was sold here, a product of the nearby mills.
The slate roofed corn mill on the River Avill is important. It is the spot that was listed as having a mill in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and was restored at the end of the 18th century to working order, then again in the 1970's. A small museum and old agricultural machinery inhabit the old stone mill, still producing goods for sale.
In 1090 there was a priory in Dunster, and buildings that were once part of the priory can be seen along Church Street-a priest's house from the 14th century and a circular medieval dovecote with 4-foot thick stone walls. Wagon roofs, a 16th century Perpendicular font and the tombs of the Luttrell family decorate the red sandstone Church of St. George, first built in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 14th and 19th centuries. A 54 foot long carved rood screen, built to separate the monks of the priory from the parishioners-seems they couldn't agree on church affairs-may be one of the longest in the world.

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  • Updated Dec 13, 2005
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