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Withypool (formerly Widepolle, Widipol, Withypoole) is a small village in Somerset, England, near the centre of Exmoor National Park and close to the border with Devon. The word Withy means Willow. The civil parish, known as Withypool and Hawkridge, covers 3,097 hectares (7,653 acres), includes the village of Hawkridge and has a population around 230.
Withypool is in the Barle Valley on both the River Barle and the Two Moors Way. To the southwest of the village lie Withypool Common and Withypool Hill.
The area around Withypool has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and a stone circle can still be seen on top of Withypool Hill. The Brightworthy barrows lie on the Common; of three original, two survive.
Withypool is mentioned in the Domesday Book as being tended by three foresters: Dodo, Almer and Godric.
In the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer was in charge of the village in his duties as forester of North Petherton.
The village’s Royal Oak Inn has seen its share of history since its construction in the late 17th century. R. D. Blackmore wrote part of Lorna Doone in the bar, and artist Alfred Munnings had a studio in the loft. In the 1930s, the inn was owned by Gwladys and Maxwell Knight, a spy-ring leader and radio broadcaster upon whom Ian Fleming based the character of James Bond’s boss, M. During World War II, the nearby Woolacombe beach was used to simulate the invasion of Normandy, and General Dwight Eisenhower planned some of the operation from the Royal Oak In the summer of 2006 Prince William dined at the Royal Oak with friends from the area, after attending a hunting meet at Hawkridge village, a few miles from Withypool.
Taken on our latest Mini Meet to North Somerset, UK. Dunster,Minehead,and Porlock
With fellow Bubblers
Phil and Angie not forgetting Bruno,
and of course
Edited from RAW in CS3,
then into Photomatix Pro HDR 1×3 shot back into CS3 some more tweaking then finished off in Picasa 3
Camera used Pentax K200D
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