Dunster Yarn Market
Dunster Yarn Market
A Jacobean market cross on Dunster High Street. The Yarn Market is an octagonal building measuring 9.4 metres diametre (about 31 feet). The building is supported on a huge central pier with a huge timber frame resting on a low stone wall.
The floor of the Yarn Market is cobbled stone, and the structure is topped by a slate roof with a central wooden lantern. Atop the lantern is a weathervane dated to 1647.

The Yarn Market was built in 1609 by George Luttrell to provide shelter for merchants during Dunster's regular markets. It was later damaged during the Civil War, when Dunster Castle was under seige for 160 days. The Yarn Market was restored in 1647, the date which appears on the weathervane. Look carefully and you will find a hole in one of the beams, said to have been made by a Civil War cannonball.

The building was used as a market for selling Dunster cloth and kerseymere, a fine woolen cloth with a twill weave.