This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition.
Author: Francis Arnold Knight
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... weston-super-mare sea-board of Mendip is an arbitrary term here applied to that portion of the Mendip Country which is bordered by the Bristol Channel, or is within a short distance of the coast. It is true that, of the parishes included in this district, there are only five which are now maritime: the parishes of Wick St. Lawrence, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, Uphill, and Brean. But there is no parish throughout the whole area which does not include a part of the great alluvial plain which, at a period far remote, was covered by the waters of the Severn Sea. Remote as that period is, and before the dawn of history, it was while man was in the Mendip Country. Rows of mouldering fishing-stakes, the crumbling hull of a primitive canoe, and even an ancient iron anchor, have been found deep beneath the soil at points far inland from the present tide-line. Three small headlands, mere flaws upon the English coast-line, stretch westward from the shore of Somerset into the brown waters of the Bristol Channel. These headlands, the little promontories of Brean Down, Sand Point, and Worlebury Hill, are the last spurs of Mendip; while, farther out, half-way across the broad estuary of the Severn, are the Holms, the outlying fragments of the range. Two of these headlands are left for the most part to the birds, and to the sheep that graze upon their bare and treeless slopes. Their louder sounds of life are the shrill cry of the kestrel, the plaintive call of the curlew, or the clamour of a troop of daws. In the cliffs of one of them even the raven still finds sanctuary, and on the grassy steeps of both the shieldrake breeds among the rabbit-burrows. But round the third of these small promontories--though a hundred years ago it was, to judge from the...