This small museum, near to the River Parrett, deals with the history of Bridgwater, as well as the life of Robert Blake, who was born here in 1598. Blake was the founder of today's British Royal Navy. During his life Blake was a member of Cromwell's New Model Army, took part in the blockade of Cádiz during the Anglo-Spanish War of 1654, and wrote The Laws of War and Ordinances of the Sea (Ordained and Established by the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England). On his death in 1657 he was given a state funeral. The building is Grade II* listed and has a souvenir shop as well as a cafe area and gardens where visitors can enjoy a picnic.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Ground floor only accessible for wheelchair users
- Opening Times: Open 7 Apr-6 Nov, Tue-Sat 10-4 (last entry 3)
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About The area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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