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Blue Anchor

Blue Anchor

The Pub
Blue Anchor is located in Somerset
Blue Anchor
Blue Anchor
 Blue Anchor shown within Somerset
OS grid reference
District West Somerset
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MINEHEAD
Postcode district TA24
Dialling code 01984
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Bridgwater and West Somerset
List of places

Blue Anchor is a seaside village, in the parish of Old Cleeve, close to Carhampton in the West Somerset district of Somerset, England. The village takes its name from a 17th-century inn.

The village marks one end of the Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest along which the Triassic cliffs have geological interest for the variety of fossils. The coloured alabaster found in the cliffs gave rise to the name of the colour "Watchet Blue".[1] It is on the West_Somerset_Coast_Path.

The beach front

Blue Anchor railway station is a station on the West Somerset Railway, a heritage railway in Somerset. It is situated in the village and houses the museum of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust.

Within the village is the only example of an updraught brick kiln known to have survived in Somerset. It was built around 1830, supplied by small vessels carrying limestone to the small culm landing,[2] and is now used as a garage. The kiln is thought to have been used until the 1870s when the large-scale production of bricks in Bridgwater rendered small brickyards uneconomic.[3]

Marshwood farmhouse dates from the late 15th century and was originally a manor house or grange. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[4]

Coincidentally there is another Blue Anchor Inn directly north across the Bristol Channel in East Aberthaw, The Vale of Glamorgan. [5]


  1. ^ Leete-Hodge, Lornie (1985). Curiosities of Somerset. Bodmin: Bossiney Books. p. 41.  
  2. ^ Farr, Grahame (1954). Somerset Harbours. London: Christopher Johnson. p. 138. 
  3. ^ "Brick Kiln". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Marshwood Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  5. ^ "The Blue Anchor". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 

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