Saint-James and Beaminster are similar in many ways.
Saint-James is also an old market town serving a large rural area. It sits deep in the Normandy countryside close to the border with Brittany and just a few miles from the wide sweep of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel.
Saint-James also has its fine buildings, particularly its Church and Mairie.
It has the same population as Beaminster, but has more shops and its market square still hosts a weekly market. There is also more commerce, including a highly regarded knitwear manufacturer.
Saint-James is close to the beaches of the Normandy landings. The Americans chose to site one of their major war cemeteries on the edge of the town in a very peaceful spot with views across to Mont-Saint-Michel.
But the most important factor is the people of Saint-James who have always given visitors from Beaminster a very warm welcome into their homes.