We went to Bridgwater

It’s ages since we went to Bridgwater; people, especially people in Somerset are often surprised how much we like the small town, but we do! I could quite happily live there, it’s full of interesting things , layered with history, and we always find something new and different we haven’t noticed before. Today we went past a pub which has been changed to a restaurant which is by the river and called ‘The River Parrott. We saw another pub called The Lime Kiln and i thought to myself how much you can learn about a place by looking at what the pubs are called. We saw a building from 1938 which had an interesting memorial date cut into a stone window frame – the year and the King’s initials – ERVIII. ER of course is Edward Rex, Edward the VIII who was never crowned because he abdicated in favour of his brother so that he could marry a divorced woman. That carving must be so rare!

Here’s something I wrote a while ago, with a few additions:

Bridgwater, a town on the Somerset coast situated on the River Parrett, is a town we often visit, and we visit because we like it! It’s described as a large Somerset town, and was in its day an important port although it no longer has any shipping as the river through the town is very silted. For some reason many people can’t see the great things about this place and seem mystified that we like it so much. Here, in no particular order, are some of the reasons we like Bridgwater:

  • its history, it’s mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon chronicle, King Alfred may have burnt the cakes nearby – then fought the Danes at the Battle of Cynwit which was probably at Cannington; during the 11th century Second Barons’ War against Henry III, Bridgwater was held by the barons against the King; Bridgwater’s peasants  took part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381… and more, much more… first Guy Fawkes night in the country, Civil War, Monmouth Rebellion… and so on
  • its museums – the Blake Museum and the Brick Museum
  • its famous people – Admiral Robert Blake, artist John Chubb, Breaker Morant and others
  • its interesting little streets and architecture, its unexpected archaeology, especially traces of the castle, now mostly vanished. you come upon unexpectedly
  • the River Parrett
  • its docks
  • the West Quay
  • The Green Olive Restaurant, the other restaurants
  • the best Coffee #1
  • the market, the funny little indoor market
  • the quirky shops
  • the Carnival
  • the Church of St Mary

  • … and much more!

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