Pictures of Bridgwater
Bridgwater emerged from a village of the Middle Ages to become a prosperous river-port. Later, it became known as the place where Monmouth proclaimed himself King, and here in July 1685, he and his army spent their last night before the Battle of Sedgemoor which took place around three miles out of the town. Bridgwater benefited during the heady days of the cloth industry, but was to suffer a long decline when the industry began to close down.
Bridgwater has quaint narrow streets where you can see some old buildings, but its centre comprises mainly traffic-free squares full of shops, cafe's and inns.
The town still has an attractive quayside, and the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, this gives visitors the chance to enjoy the life of the canal from its tow-paths, whilst the River Parrett offers picturesque spots and the opportunity to witness the twice daily tidal bore.
A major event is the famous Bridgwater carnival held the Friday nearest to the 5th of November, this is a lively colourful event full of bright costume and music. Also worth visiting is Bridgwater Bay Nature Reserve, this is found where the River Parrett joins with the River Severn at Bridgwater Bay. This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, with hides and a tower to give the best possible view of the site. There are information boards for bird-watchers, and trail following the Parrett back to its source.
In September the town hosts St.Matthew's Fair, this offers fun for all the family with side shows and rides for all ages. The fair is held in St. Matthews Park.
There is a museum in the town, this records the life and times of Bridgwater together with displays depicting Monmouth's Rebellion, the museum is housed in what is thought to be birthplace of Admiral Robert Blake, one of Cromwell's aides.
An indoor swimming pool offers enjoyment for "rainy days" this has waves, a waterslide and a cafe for refreshments.
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