The Blake Museum, Bridgwater, Somerset
The Blake Museum, housed in a characterful 16th century house, is the place to go if you’re in the Somerset town of Bridgwater browsing about and want to know more about the history in this neck of the woods. Allow yourself a couple of hours at least, so you can take your time and really get stuck into the collections. Find out all about the Battle of Sedgemoor, which was, incidentally, the last major battle to be fought on English soil; discover the nitty gritty of the Siege of Bridgwater that took place during the English Civil wars, the Norman moated castle that once stood in what’s now the town centre, and the Franciscan friary that occupied the west of the town. Fascinating stuff.
You can also find out about Bridgwater’s most famous son, Robert Blake; he became Oliver Cromwell’s General-at-Sea and, if you haven’t already worked it out, is the man The Blake Museum is named after. There are displays about the ports at Bridgwater, the railways, and the huge bridge that spans the River Parrett, and here’s something - the little known ‘Bridgwater’ car designed by the Bridgwater Motor Company. As with all museums, there are plenty of bygones to see; archaeological finds, old photographs, and a Victorian Kitchen. Children can pick up colouring sheets and do the Find the Mice quiz.
When you’ve learned all you need to know about Bridgwater go and see if there’s anything in the shop you fancy as a souvenir; pick up a town trails leaflet and go and see more of the heritage, or find a quiet spot in The Blake Museum garden for a picnic.
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T: 01278 456127 All information correct at the time of writing