- Bridgwater Somerset
A quiet quay on the River Parrett serves as a reminder that this town was a busy port until it became
overshadowed by the
port of Bristol. Modern shops now line the quay, and it is no longer used by any ships.
- On the waterfront the Water Gate is all that remains of a 13th-century castle, destroyed along with much
of the town by Cromwell’s army during the Civil War. Ironically, Bridgwater gave Cromwell his great admiral, Robert Blake. Blakes reputed birthplace is now a museum.
The century church of St Mary also survived the Civil War, and from its tower the rebel Duke of Monmouth surveyed Sedgemoor in 1685
. The church has a 175 ft spire and a fine Jacobean wooden screen.
Castle Street has some good Georgian architecture, and The Lions on
West Quay is an outstanding house of that period.
The four-day St Matthew’s Fair in September and the Guy Fawkes Carnival are big events in
- Local towns and villages to visit..
- Coarse and trout
fishing on the river Tone at Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe (
on the A361 about 9 miles west of Taunton). Other good waters
include the Taunton-Bridgewater Canal, the West Sedgemoor Drain and
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