Nostalgic memories of Minehead's local history

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For well over 10 years now, we've been inviting visitors to our web site to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was when the photographs in our archive were taken. From brief one-liners explaining a little bit more about the image depicted, to great, in-depth accounts of a childhood when things were rather different than today (and everything inbetween!). We've had many contributors recognising themselves or loved ones in our photographs. Why not add your memory today and become part of our Memories Community to help others in the future delve back into their past.

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Born in Taunton, christened in St. Michael's church in 1940 and lived on Parkhouse Road on and off for several years until 1956. Had my first drink of scrumpy at the Plume of Feathers. Returning home from choir practice I passed the P of F and heard some jollity therein, so decided to go in (1955 - yes, I was 15). I (...Read full memory)

holidays by the sea. loved the roll call early morning campers. whole group of us stayed there for my 40 birthday . we spent really good times old chalets now gone they would sleep average two people

It may be 1965 and this is my query. Does anyone remember this event at Butlins in Minehead around Easter in either 1964 or 1965? I am trying to pinpoint the date to arrange a reunion but can't seem to get agreement as to which year it was. I remember the big dipper and a dance competition which I won on the 'Cha Cha' category but they'd run out of medals so gave me an athletics one instead!

I worked at the hospital in Minehead in the early 70's, as a nurse/midwife. Lived in Selbourne Place mostly. Also worked as a nurse in the medical unit at Butlins in 1970, for all of 6-8 weeks. It was a lovely place to live.

I was born in Birmingham in 1943. My parents and my aunt and uncle (Les and Beat Bradshaw) purchased The Mentone in The Parks around 1949. A double decker bus ran over my leg directly outside Minehead Hospital. My parents left the hotel and returned to Birmingham. Beat and Les ran Mentone until (...Read full memory)

I was evacuated to Timberscombe with my sister on 1st September 1939, I was 7 years old and was billeted at I think it was called "Sunnyside". The evacuees used to go to school for half a day while the locals went for the other half. I returned home to West Ham in London just before the Doodlebugs started.

Hello can any one help me please? This is not specifically to Minehead but in April 1960 I stayed at a wooden chaleted holiday camp on the north Somerset coast to the east of Minehead, I think. All I can remember is that I stayed at this camp as part of a school journey holiday from my school in S E London. It was on a cliff (...Read full memory)

In 1960 my home was just out of shot: next door to the house that is partly visible on the far right of the picture. I lived at number 18 Church Street, Church Street being the road that is accessed by turning right in the middle distance of the photo, at the bottom of Church Steps. The tree that can be seen towering above (...Read full memory)

My auntie Mary used to run the donkeys on the beach. I spent each school holiday in Minehead Swimming Pool and remember the Juke Box in the cafeteria area very well. When I first moved to Minehead in 1953 I lived in the old Gasworks Cottage right on the front down past the harbour. I would be very interested if (...Read full memory)

P Aden : I was at Butlins as well. (1962 - 1964) I remember the big dipper thing; we used to call it The Mouse. I often went up on it. I wonder what the camp is like now. Horrible dump, blasting out rap music probably.