Image taken at the beautiful historic medieval village of Dunster, which is in Somerset UK.

Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 35.0,
Shutter speed 1/250s, f/5.3, ISO 1250

The Yarn Market in Dunster, Somerset, England was built around 1590 and has been desinated as a Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument.

The octagonal structure has a central stone pier which supports a heavy timber framework which carries a slate roof with central wooden lantern surmounted by a weather vane.

Dunster had become a centre for woollen and clothing production by the 13th century, with the market dating back to at least 1222, and a particular kind of kersey or broadcloth became known as ‘Dunsters’. Around 1590 George Luttrell, of the Luttrell family constructed the market to shelter traders and their wares from the rain.

One of the roof beams has a hole in it, a result of cannon fire in the Civil War, when Dunster Castle was a besieged Royalist stronghold for five months under the command of Colonel Wyndham. Following the damage, it was restored in 1647 to its present condition.

It is in the guardianship of English Heritage but is managed by the National Trust


dunster, somerset, uk, clive, medieval, village, olympus, yarn, market


  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 3 years ago

    Unusual building Clive and interesting history – I wonder what was the reason for the windows – are there small rooms above the market?

  • Hi Mattie, thank you for your wonderful compliment, appreciated my friend xx

    The building was constructed to help keep the market sellers out of the weather, the windows are onle for the purpose of allowing the light in

    – Clive

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Clive

  • Appreciate your fine compliment Chris, thank you xx

    – Clive

  • WeeZie
    WeeZieabout 3 years ago

    Great capture, very interesting. Love that you shared the history of the structure. Great work.

  • A wonderful compliment my friend, thank you

    – Clive

  • flyfish70
    flyfish70about 3 years ago

    Very unusual and pretty cool looking. Awesome capture as well and history!!!!!! Hard to believe it is that old and looks this good. Judging by the way things used to be built and are still standing, i think we have taken a step back in our technology, we couldn’t hope for many things these days to last 500 years, very cool!!!!!!

  • Made them to last in those days Ash, not like today….lol. Thank you for your great compliment my friend

    – Clive

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    A most interesting construction Clive. Well captured Mate. It’s a fav for me.

  • Greatly appreciate your fine compliment Al, thanks mate

    – Clive

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

    Terrific capture and history Clive, looks a lovely place xx

  • Most certainly is a lovely place pauline, well worth the visit.
    Thanking you so very much for your fine compliment my friend XXX

    – Clive

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsabout 3 years ago

    Well caught Clive. Lucky you had no people in the pic.

  • They all parted the way Richard…lol.
    Appreciate your great compliment mate

    – Clive

  • hootonles
    hootonlesabout 3 years ago

    You have captured this image so well Clive

  • Thank you for your wonderful compliment Les, appreciated

    – Clive

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 3 years ago

    June 31st, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges

  • So greatly appreciate this amazing feature Mary, thank you, I am honoured my friend xx

    – Clive

  • TREVOR34
    TREVOR34about 3 years ago

    There are quite a good few of these dotted around the country some are quite a simple affair, and others like this one, although a rugged build is an ornate example.
    Nice image, well seen.

  • Thanking you so very much for your wonderful compliment Trevor, greatly appreciated my friend

    – Clive

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait