Browsing through Bridgewater
Historic market town of Bridgwater can be found on the edge of the Somerset levels along the River Parrett. An inland port since the medieval period, Bridgwater is just one hundred and ninety-six miles from the from the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough. Visit our store and check out the fantastic range of e-liquids and vaping accessories. You won’t find a better selection for your money. And whether you visit one of our shops in person or take advantage of the convenient online store, be sure to take a look at our new line of clothing as well as the latest offers and contests.
History and other facts
Bridgwater’s name has changed many times over its long history and some believe the name is derived from ‘bryggja’. This Old Norse word translates as “Quay” although there is some debate whether this is the true origin of the name.
The town is mentioned in Anglo-Saxon writings from the 9th century as a prominent trading centre on the mouth of the main river in Somerset. Bridgwater’s status was officially recognised as the town received three royal charters in the 13th century including the construction of Bridgwater castle. This castle secured the crossing of the town’s bridge and housed a keep as well as dungeon, chapel and stables.
The peasants of Bridgwater took part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, murdering the local tax collectors and sacking Sydenham House. The owners of Sydenham House were also on the losing side during the Civil War and Monmouth Rebellion during the 17th century.
The importance of Bridgewater as a market town and trading port grew over the years and in the Middle Ages it received royal charters for additional markets and fairs.
During the English Civil War Bridgwater and its castle were held by Royalist forces. The town suffered during the conflict with many buildings destroyed and the castle captured and sacked by Parliamentarians.
The town played a significant part during the Monmouth Rebellion when the Duke of Monmouth’s forces attempted to overthrows King James II. Monmouth took up residence in Bridgwater castle for a time and his troops fortified the town. The Battle of Sedgemoor took place nearby where Monmouth’s forces were defeated before the Duke himself was later captured and executed.
But that wasn’t the end of the Bridgwater involvement in political history. The town was the first in Britain to petitioned the government to ban slavery in 1785 and Bridgwater trade unionists were heavily involved in strikes during the 19th century. And in 1938 the town elected a candidate who was against the appeasement of Hitler’s actions.
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal was part of the Taunton stop line intended to prevent advancement of German troops during World War II. Pillboxes from the war can still be seen today and the town suffered bombings which destroyed houses and killed several residents.
Since the war Bridgwater has rebuilt and expanded but the town’s economy is still heavily focused on trade and industry as it has been for centuries. Today the town is a pleasant place to visit with wonderful historic buildings and an extraordinary annual carnival.
As you take in the history of this defiant town, consider a trip out to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. Our store is just a few hours away and you can pick up your favourite e-liquids to enjoy while exploring all that Bridgwater has to offer. Be sure to visit one of our stores or the online shop to keep up to date with the latest offers and the newest additions to our range of e-liquids. And while you’re there take a look at all the vaping accessories we have to offer as well as our new clothing line. You won’t find a better selection or better prices.
Bring it on
To experience the long and proud history of this remarkable town visitors can start with some of the historic buildings and locations around Bridgwater. The Burrow Mump can be found on the nearby Somerset Levels and stands out above the rest of the land. The natural hill is topped with the runs of a medieval church dedicated to St Michael. The old church is a National Trust property and the site of a siege when Royalist soldiers tired to hold out there during the English Civil War.
For more history visit the 19th century Bridgwater Docks or King’s Square where parts of the Bridgwater castle can still be seen. If you’re looking for a more detailed looking into the town’s past then I recommend stopping by the Bridgwater Blake Museum. This museum is located in the restored, 17th century home of the Blake family and as well as detailing the life of Bridgwater’s navel hero there are also exhibitions on life in the region throughout the ages.
Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum is situated in a small village near the town and offers visitors the opportunity to explore a large collection of steam engines and pumps. The museum is housed in Somerset’s earliest steam-powered pumping station and is designed to be a fun and educational day out for the whole family.
If you’re looking for visual and performing arts then check out Bridgwater Arts Centre. This venue hosts live music and plays with regular performances and exhibitions.
All around Bridgwater you’ll discover beautiful countryside as well as parks and gardens in the town itself. The nearby walled garden of Fyne Court is a wonderful, woodland experience with helpful guides and a tea room on site. For more natural beauty, try Burton Springs Fishery for fishing in tranquil surroundings or take a walk along the Bridgwater and Taunton canal.
The best for last
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