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Once a busy port before the Bristol’s rise to prominence, Bridgwater, situated on the River Parret, is still used by small vessels. Much of the town was rebuilt after being destroyed by Cromwell’s army at the time of the Civil War. The town remains one of the busiest in Somerset with a population of some 27,000. Modern industry has taken the place of the once important cloth industry. Bridgwater was the birthplace of Admiral Robert Blake, and the house of his birth is now a museum. To the north of the town lies the Bridgwater Bay Nature Reserve. The map below shows the features of the town of Bridgwater, as it was in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

 Bridgwater town map

Map of Bridgwater

Old map of the town of Bridgwater circa 1950

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Bridgwater Map

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