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BRIDGWATER HISTORY PROJECTS THAT NEED DOING

Aspects of the Town's history have been well covered in recent years with books appearing on Carnival, Railways and Pubs, but there are conspicuous gaps. The editors of this site have complied this short list - in no ways exhaustive - suggesting areas in need of exploration. Either full narrative histories, or brief overviews, or just resources and materials relating to these. All contributions help to advance the history of our town.

Please make use of A Reference Index to Bridgwater History on this website.

We would encourage members of the public interested in any of these to explore these broad areas:

Choirs: Bridgwater Choral Society to be done.
Opera: the Amateur Operatic and the Light Opera Societies to be done.
Amateur Dramatics to be done.
Arts generally to be done.
The Arts Centre to be done.

Bridgwater shops, shopfronts and shopping to be done.

Sport: Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, etc to be done.

Education: Dr Morgans School; the various C19 Board schools of the town; Bridgwater Art school/technical school Blake Street; modern schools; Bridgwater College to be done.

Dissenting churches: to be done.

Manufacturing generally. See Edmund Porter, Bridgwater Industry Past and Present (updated to 2016) https://www.bridgwaterheritage.org.uk/friarn/porter%20bw%20industry.pdf
Numerous industries mentioned here are worth further research. The Douglas Allen photographic archive in the Museum library is a rich source of images of Bridgwater industry 1954-1999. See RESOURCES: LIBRARIES below.

Especially useful would be a list with maps from the Ordance Survey of all the known brick and tile yards in the town and surrounding area.

Public Utilities:
Bridgwater Water supply. For a full study see: See Tony Woolrich Bridgwater Public health and Water supply, 2013
Gas and electricity supply to be done.

Port - Docks and shipping to be done.

Poor Law and Almshouses and the Workhouses to be done.

Short biographies of all the mayors of Bridgwater is an ongoing project. A full list of mayors can be found in Jarman's History of Bridgwater (1889) with a continuation in Squibbs' History (1961).

RESOURCES: BLAKE MUSEUM LEAFLET SERIES

PORT
and a study of the town's coast-wise sailing ships by W. A. Sharman and published in 1934.
ECONOMIC HISTORY
BRICK & TILE MANUFACTURE
CELLOPHANE WORKS
RAILWAYS
SCHOOLS
POORLAW AND WORKHOUSE
BRIDGWATER PHOTOGRAPHS
BLAKE MUSEUM LIBRARY

RESOURCES: LIBRARIES

The Museum's Library and Archive is a most important resource. The Museum's leaflets on Bridgwater photographs and the Museum library give an idea of the scope of the material

More can be found in the Bridgwater Public Library, Binford Place, and the Somerset Studies Library and the Somerset Archives at the Heritage Centre, Taunton

Transcribed by Tony Woolrich. All Content © Bridgwater Heritage Group, unless otherwise stated. All rights reserved, do not reproduce material without permission.

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