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Bridgwater, Somerset

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Bridgwater, Somerset

Bridgwater is a market town and civil parish in Somerset, England. It is the administrative centre of the Sedgemoor district, and a major industrial centre. Bridgwater is located on the major communication routes through South West England. According to the 2001 census, the town had a population of 33,698. Bridgwater is situated, on the edge of the Somerset Levels, in level and well-wooded country, having to the north the Mendip range and on the west the Quantock hills.
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST3037
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01278

Other names by which Bridgwater, Somerset has been known in the past

Bridg Water ~ Bridge Water ~ Bridgewater ~ Brugge ~ Burgh Walter ~ Burghwalter ~ Eastover ~ Brugie

Bridgwater, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Bridgwater, par., mun. bor., and seaport, W. Somerset, on river Parret, 12 miles from the Bristol Channel, 28½ SW. of Bristol, and 152 SW. of London by rail -- par., 3539 ac., pop. 12,704; bor., 705 ac., pop. 12,007; 3 banks, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Wednesday. B. is built on both sides of the river, which is navigable to the town for vessels of 700 tons, but is subject to a bore or tidal wave. The imports are-- coal, grain, nemp, talow, limber, wine, &c.; exports -- earthenware, bath-bricks, cement, and plaster of Paris, which constitute the staple trade of the town. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) B. was originally called Brugge or Burgh Walter, from the Norman baron to whom the manor was given at the Conquest. The castle, built in the reign of Henry II., was almost completely demolished during the Civil War. Admiral Blake (1599-1657) was a native.

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