Somerset - West

West Somerset includes Minehead, Watchet and the villages on Exmoor:

Sharp initially went to Minehead in August 1904 as guest of Rev Frank Etherington, vicar of St Michael’s church. There was a good train connection from Taunton. Over several visits he was able to explore the area more thoroughly and met 39 singers in total. These included sailors like Robert Lewis, James Vickery and John Short but also the memorable gipsy singer Betsy Holland.

Map Illustration by Tom Jay.