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Rhyl Harbour

Rhyl in the county of Denbighshire

Pictures of Taunton

a Historic Market Town in the county of Somerset

About Taunton

There is little doubt that this town is best known for the production of Cider (which is reputed to be Prince Williams' favourite drink)
but this golden beverage should not be the only reason for your visit for there is much to see both in and around this most delightful aenglish towns.

St.Mary's church and the church of St.James' both have perpendicular towers which have been rebuilt and a visit to both churches cannot fail to inspire.

Other noteworthy buildings are Gray's Almshouses said to date from 1635 and the 12th century castle which now houses a museum and is reputed to be one of the places where Judge Jeffreys Bloody Assizes were held following the Battle of Sedgemoor in the year 1685. There are many other building of interest including an ancient priory barn.

Taunton is rightly proud of it's long association with education, a public school was first established in the town in the 13th century.

To-day, Taunton is bustling and thriving. There is a cosmopolitan community which allows for a wide variety of shops with all major high street stores being well represented. There are several well known eating houses in the town and the gentle surrounding countryside provides the visitor with a good selection of quaint inns and modern pubs to choose from

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A sign post in the village of Holford on the edge of the Quantock hills in somerset

Holford (4 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

(11.2 miles, 18.1 km, direction N of Taunton)

Holford lies in a peaceful wooded valley at the foot of the lovely Quantock Hills crowning the landscape where the county of Somerset sweeps towards the coast...

Broadhembury Post Office and Village Store, Devon

Broadhembury (7 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(14.5 miles, 23.4 km, direction SW of Taunton)

Broadhembury is an idyllic village which is an oasis of calm and beauty lying at the edge of the Blackdown Hills...

A picture of Martock

Martock (22 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

(15.2 miles, 24.5 km, direction E of Taunton)

The interior of Martock's Ham-stone church is perhaps the grandest in all Somerset, the startling effect of the golden stone against the most lavishly decorated of the county's great tie-beam roofs is simply overwhelming...

Church at Axminster, Devon

Axminster (43 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Devon

(16.8 miles, 27.0 km, direction S of Taunton)

Famous for its carpets often likened to Turkish, Axminster was one of the first West Saxon settlements formed along the River Axe in Devon...

Ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury

Glastonbury (103 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Somerset

(19.2 miles, 30.9 km, direction NE of Taunton)

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Taunton Castle, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Castle (1 Pictures)

(0.3 miles, 0.5 km)

The turbulent past of historic Taunton Castle, is masked by its transformation into a luxurious comfortable hotel with an award.....

Snowdrops at Otterhead. The Blackdown hills in the county of Somerset, England

The Blackdown Hills (21 Pictures)

(5.5 miles, 8.9 km, direction SW)

Fascinating scenic area where you can enjoy an extraordinary variety of scenery ranging from tiny coppices to vast woodlands, all.....

Halsway Manor Children's Festival

Halsway Manor (4 Pictures)

(10.5 miles, 16.8 km, direction NW)

Halsway Manor is unique residential Folk Centre set on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills in West Somerset. Set in.....

Barrington Court, Somerset

Barrington Court (49 Pictures)

(11.3 miles, 18.3 km, direction E)

Barrington Court is an attractive 16th-century house built in the engaging "E" shaped style of the period in mellow Ham Hill.....

Quantock Hills

Quantock Hills (216 Pictures)

(12.5 miles, 20.2 km, direction NW)

This beautiful range of hills is a part of England where stags and deer can still be seen roaming freely. In many ways the.....

Forde Abbey, nr Chard, Somerset. A former Cistercian foundation. Photo taken September 1991.

Forde Abbey (12 Pictures)

(14.9 miles, 23.9 km, direction SE)


Loughwood Meeting House, Dalwood, Near Axminster, Devon. Owned by the National Trust

Loughwood Meeting House (13 Pictures)

(16.0 miles, 25.7 km, direction S)

17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house, constructed approx 1653...

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