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Enjoy a relaxing afternoon taking a trip along the picturesque Bridgwater and Taunton canal. The walking and cycle routes are even and well positioned so you can have an enjoyable time exploring the canal. You will be able to follow the Somerset Space Walk, and on your journey you will find a scale model of the sun at Maunsel Lock, with planets set along the towpath for six miles in both directions, demonstrating the scale of the solar system. I
Fairfield, Bridgwater, Somerset - A manor house existed on the site in 1166. Little is known about the original house, but the ownership is given as lying with the Russel family by 1216. The house has remained in the ownership of their descendants ever since. Parts of the two-storey house still have fabric from the 12th-century building, but most of it dates from around 1589, with the south front being remodelled in the late 18th century. Like many Elizabethan mansions, is built in an 'E' shape.
Bridgwater has entered #GBHighSt. The application seeks to showcase the significant improvements made to the Bridgwater Town Centre focussing on its history as a market town and the huge potential a vibrant market can bring to independent and national retailers alike. The weekly town centre market has gone from strength to strength supported by the innovation of a “state of the art” town centre app accessible via smartphones, i-phone and android. The development package for the town centre has i
At one time, Bridgwater was a more important port than Bristol, importing wine, herrings, coal, timber, twine and hemp and exporting wool, corn, wheat, cement, bricks and tiles. Purpose-built docks were opened in 1841, though trade began to decline with the spread of railways later in the century. The docks were closed to commercial shipping in the early 1970s and have since been redeveloped as a leisure marina.
Robert Blake, General at Sea, 1598-165. Blake was one of the first to take up arms against King Charles I and as commander of the navy of Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth became one of the most renowned seamen in English history. He was appointed General-at-Sea in 1649, led the English fleet against the Dutch, 1652-54, and against the Spanish 1656-57. His articles of war and fighting instructions represented fundamental reforms, which helped to lay the foundations of England's maritime supremacy.