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Chance to celebrate Bridgwater’s rich history next weekend

BRIDGWATER History Day returns next Saturday (November 20) at the arts centre with a selection of stories about the town’s fascinating history.

The event, which is being sponsored by Bridgwater Town Council and Bridgwater College, will run from 10.30am to 4pm and as usual it’s free.

This year the speakers will cover topics ranging from King Arthur, through Bridgwater’s parks and gardens to folk songs of the town and some modern political history.

As usual local photographic archivist Paul Bovett has dug out a fascinating selection of his popular photos of old Bridgwater.

Covid secure measures will be taken inside the building but for those who might feel unsafe the event can be live-streamed here.


  • 10am: Doors open, coffees available
  • 10.30am: Welcome by Mayor of Bridgwater Cllr Leigh Redman
  • 10.35am: Compere for the day Brian Smedley
  • 10.40am: Chris Sidaway: King Arthur – The Man Behind the Myth and Legend
  • 11.20am: Miles Kerr-Peterson: ‘Fire, Cheese and Corsets: A Crosspath in the Wembdon Road Cemetery’
  • 11.50am: Kathy Pearce: The Parks and Gardens of Bridgwater
  • 12.10pm: Val Bannister: Christabella Wyndham
  • 12.30 – 13.30pm: Free lunch, provided by Purplespoon Cafe
  • 1.30pm: Paul Bovett: More photos of old Bridgwater
  • 2pm: Yvette Staelens: ‘A ship, a house, a song – Tom Griffiths of Salmon Parade’
  • 2.30pm: Dave Chapple: ‘Bridgwater 1983 to 2004: a working-class, left-wing rebellious town?’
  • 3pm: Tony Woolrich: The Bridgwater C19th Poor Law
  • 3.30pm: Brian Smedley: summary and farewell

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