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The building was used as a convalescent hospital during World Wars I and II, and later as a Workers Tourist Authority guest house before being demolished in 1963.

Although long gone, Dunraven Castle is remembered by many as a local landmark, and its walled garden still exists.

Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of West Somerset, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Dulverton Rural District.

The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism.

Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.

I have an old coffer that has the date 1663 and WC inscribed on the front, from the sale. It is still lined with local newspaper dating from the late 1800s.

Julia Want, Norwich In 1952 my parents, sister and I spent an enjoyable week there.

The spectacular cliffs and beach at Southerndown and Dunraven Bay have been used as locations for Doctor Who and other TV programmes.

My grandmother went to the sale in the 1960s, when some or all of the furniture was sold from Dunraven.

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