Blue Anchor

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Blue Anchor
Blue Anchor Pub Somerset.jpg
The Pub
Blue Anchor is located in Somerset
Blue Anchor
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Blue Anchor shown within Somerset
OS grid referenceST022433
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtTA24
Dialling code01984
PoliceAvon and Somerset
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AmbulanceSouth Western
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51°10′52″N 3°23′57″W / 51.1810°N 3.3993°W / 51.1810; -3.3993Coordinates: 51°10′52″N 3°23′57″W / 51.1810°N 3.3993°W / 51.1810; -3.3993

Blue Anchor is a seaside village, in the parish of Old Cleeve, close to Carhampton in the West Somerset district of Somerset, England. The village takes its name from a 17th-century inn;[1] the bay, Blue Anchor Bay, was previously known as Cleeve Bay.[1] The bay and inn were the subjects of a watercolour by JMW Turner in 1818, now in the Lady Lever Gallery, Port Sunlight.[2]

The village marks one end of the Blue Anchor to Lilstock Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest along which the Triassic cliffs have geological interest for the variety of fossils. The coloured alabaster found in the cliffs gave rise to the name of the colour "Watchet Blue".[3]

The village lies on the route of the West Somerset Coast Path and Celtic Way Exmoor Option.

The beach front

Blue Anchor railway station is a station on the West Somerset Railway, a heritage railway in Somerset. It is situated in the village and houses the museum of the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust.

Within the village is the only example of an updraught brick kiln known to have survived in Somerset.[4] It was built around 1830, supplied by small vessels carrying limestone to the small culm landing,[5] and is now used as a garage. The kiln is thought to have been used until the 1870s when the large-scale production of bricks in Bridgwater rendered small brickyards uneconomic.[6]

Marshwood farmhouse dates from the late 15th century and was originally a manor house or grange. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[7]

Coincidentally there is another Blue Anchor Inn directly north across the Bristol Channel in East Aberthaw, The Vale of Glamorgan.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Parishes: Old Cleeve". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Minehead, Somersetshire". Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  3. ^ Leete-Hodge, Lornie (1985). Curiosities of Somerset. Bodmin: Bossiney Books. p. 41. ISBN 0-906456-98-3.
  4. ^ "Brick Kiln, Blue Anchor, Somerset". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ Farr, Grahame (1954). Somerset Harbours. London: Christopher Johnson. p. 138.
  6. ^ "Brick Kiln". Images of England. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Marshwood Farmhouse". Images of England. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  8. ^ "The Blue Anchor". Retrieved 29 April 2012.

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