Smugglers Haven /
Elsworthy Beach is located just over half a mile from the town, and has a
beautiful harbour, known locally as Smugglers Haven, which was used for the export of wool from Saxon times; however, it was
last used commercially in the 17th century.
During the Second World War, considerable defences were built along
the coast as a part of British anti-invasion preparations, though the north coast of Somerset was an unlikely invasion site.
Some of the structures remain to this day. Most notable are the pillboxes on the foreshore of Elsworthy Beach. These are strong
buildings made from pebbles taken from the beach and bonded together with concrete. From these, soldiers could have held their
ground if the Germans ever invaded.
Rumour has it that there is still quite an illicit pirate trade
that operates through Smugglers Haven, helped in part by the defence structures that often appear to have brand new padlocks