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Somerset Historic Environment Record

34209

Site Name: Saxon mint site, Watchet
Civil Parish: Watchet, Williton
Part of:
PRN 34163Medieval town and port, Watchet
Grid Ref: ST 062 433 (ST 04 SE)
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Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

Mention of a mint at Watchet in relation to the coinage of King Harthacnut who ruled over Southern England from 1035-1037. {1}

Coin of England found in Watchet with that mint mark is in Taunton Museum. {2}

Previously thought that the mint was in a field called "Kingsland" near Doniford (ST097417 and ST099419) but more likely to be in the burh (see PRN 34164). {3}

References:

1 Mention - Parsons, HA. Some coins of Sigtuna inscribed with the names of Aethelred, Cnut and Harthacnut. British Numismatic Journal  11 (1915), 3-19
2 Mention - Greswell, WHP. The Land of Quantock: A Descriptive and Historical Account.  (1903), 61.
3 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 04 SE 20 (1965) Location: HER files.

Record created in May 1984

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