Chard Museum



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Chard Museum and Heritage Centre celebrates Chard's varied history including displays on John Stringfellow, pioneer of powered flight, James Gillingham, inventor of moulded leather artificial limbs and Margaret Bondfield, the UK's first woman cabinet minister. Other buildings on the museum site contain many examples of Dening agricultural machinery, distributed all over the world.

Chard Museum
Godworthy House,High Street,CHARD,Somerset,TA20 1QB


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Facilities: Ramps, wc that fits wheelchair, stairlift to main gallery
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 30 Mar-Oct, Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 10-1

About the area

Discover Somerset

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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