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Descriptions of Bridgwater
Many of the transcriptions here have been taken from digitised copies of the original books, which have been placed on-line by the Hathi Trust.
William Worcestre
Description of Bridgwater
15th Century
John Leland
Description of Bridgwater
c.1540
William Camden
Description of Bridgwater
1608
Daniel Defoe
Description of Bridgwater
1727
A Compleat History
of Somersetshire, description of Bridgwater
1742
Stephen Whatley
Description of Bridgwater
1751
John Collinson
Description of Bridgwater
1791
Richard Warner
Mention of the Bore and a Pottery Peddler
1799
Charles Dibdin
Description of Bridgwater
1803
Rees's Cyclopaedia
Description of Bridgwater
1805
Rev. J. Nightingale
Description of Bridgwater
1810
George Alexander Cooke
Description of Bridgwater
1802-1829
Report
on the Borough of Bridgwater (.pdf)
1835
Samuel Lewis
Description of Bridgwater
1849
A. Fullarton
Description of Bridgwater
1851
Charles Knight
Description of Bridgwater
1852
British Archaeological Association
Visit to Bridgwater
With an examination of the Borough Archives (.pdf)
1856
Extract
'Bridgwater' in the
National Gazeteer of Great Britrain & Ireland (.pdf)
1868
John Marius Wilson
'Bridgwater' in the
Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales
1870-2
Henry Thomas Riley
Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts
Reports on Bridgwater Borough archives (.pdf)
1870 & 1873
J. Edwin Odgers
'A short Report on some MS Accounts of the Commonalty of Bridgwater' (.pdf)
1877
F.W. Weaver
'Bridgwater in the Olden Time' (.pdf)
1896
Somerset Archaeological & Natural History Society
'Account of a visit to St Mary's, Bridgwater, August 1896 (.pdf)
1896
Thomas Webb Williams
'Mediaeval Libraries in Bridgwater'
1897
Kelly's
Directory of Somerset (.pdf)
1900
Margaret Thompson Sturge
Memories and Echoes of Days Gone By
A History of the Thompson Family and the Quaker Community (.pdf)
1904
Emanuel Green
'The Siege of Bridgwater'
1905
Encyclopaedia Britannica
Description of Bridgwater
1911

Historians of Bridgwater
George Parker
Notable Bridgwater Historian
esp. 1877
Sydney Gardnor Jarman
Notable Bridgwater Historian
esp. 1889
Revd Arthur Herbert Powell
Notable Bridgwater Historian
1856-1928
Thomas Bruce Dilks
Notable Bridgwater Historian
1865-1949

Primary Sources & Collections
Medieval Tiles from Bridgwater
c. fourteenth century
The Cattermole Collection
1685-1960
Maps of Bridgwater
1735-1868
John Chubb's Lithographs
c. 1790s
Gibson Collection of Architectural Drawings
1837-1985
Cattermole Ephemera Manuscript
Nineteenth century
Opening the new bridge
1883
Postcards of Blake Gardens
1900-1938
Bridgwater Heritage Group Collection
Nineteenth Century
Brick making in 1851
From Charles Tomlinson, Cylopaedia of Useful Arts and Manufactures
Rope making in 1851
From Charles Tomlinson, Cylopaedia of Useful Arts and Manufactures

Modern Research
Bridgwater Industry Past and Present
(.pdf) by Edmund Porter, 1971,
updated by Tony Woolrich
2016
The Railway and the Growth of the Town
(.pdf) by Ken Treanor
2002
800 Years of Christianity in Bridgwater
(.pdf) by Tony Woolrich
2000
Building Stones of Bridgwater
by Dr Peter Cattermole
2009
Bridgwater Burgage Plots
by Leah Sidebotham
2011
Public Health and Water Supply in Bridgwater
by Tony Woolrich
2013
The Blake Museum's Trifold Series
(external) Articles on the history of the town
Binford House
by Ann-Marie Gould
2019
The Adventures of a Tame Fox
by Miles Kerr-Peterson
2019
Bell Founding in Bridgwater,
Thomas Pyke & the Gaol Bells

by Tony Woolrich
2019
The Bridgwater Castle Bed,
& The Chubbs

by Peter Cattermole, Tony Woolrich & Miles Kerr-Peterson
2019
Bridgwater Clockmakers
through the ages
(large .pdf file)
by Nial & Deborah Woodford
2019
Boys from the Bridgwater area
admitted to Blundell's School, Tiverton

by Mike Sampson
2019
The Bridgwater Bell Foundries (1739 to 1833)
and comparisons with other Founders on the Severn Estuary at those times at Chepstow and Gloucester, 2019
Corrections and Update
to the same January, 2020
by Geoffrey R. Marchant
List of Bridgwater Newspapers
held in the British Library.
A Glass Fragment from Goathurst
Relating to the Coombes and Kingson/Kingston Families
by David Bunney
2020
The Bridgwater Wire Rope Works (.pdf)
By Paul Berryman
2020
Reference Index to Bridgwater History (.pdf)
By Tony Woolrich
2020

External Links to other pieces of Bridgwater Research
Bridgwater Robert Dunning (1992)
Victoria County History
The Duke of Chandos's influence on Bridgwater's houses
Victoria County History
The Egerton Dukes of Bridgewater
Bernard Dennis MBE
Although the Dukes did not live in the area, their title comes from the town.
Notes on the History of St Joseph's Parish
Drum and Loxston

External Links to Primary Bridgwater Resources
A Book of the Names of all Such Persons
situate of the burrow and parish of Bridgwater

to have taken the Protestation [against King Charles]
dated 1641
(note the early date for no middle 'e' in Bridgwater).
Part of the UK Parliamentary Archives also here.
Elector Lists for Bridgwater
Blake Museum Collections
1754-1866
Letter from the inhabitants of Bridgewater, Somersetshire, England
to the inhabitants of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, New England, America:
dated Sept. 10, 1846: with reply dated Feb. 10, 1847.
Refers to a petition Bridgwater folk sent about ending Slavery in the USA
Reports
on electoral Bribery & Corruption
Blake Museum Collections,
1866-1870
Letters from Jane Metford of Halesleigh Tower, Bridgwater
to William Lloyd Garrison (American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist,
and social reformer), converning anti-slavery,
Boston Public Library, 1878
Public Health Reports on the Borough and Port of bridgwater.
Contain a mass of statistical material showing the growth over the past century.
There is much about housing, etc., 1897-1972
Newpaper Abstracts
of Bridgwater during the First World War
1914-1918
Aerial Views of Bridgwater
(although ignore the Bridg-e-waters in the results here)
Britain from Above, 1930s

Friarn Street
by Dr Peter Cattermole
Friarn Street Heritage
History and Links
Friarn Street Riot
1832 newspaper reports
York & Son
Photographers and lantern slide manufacturers
Robert Gillo
Photographer

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