Category: Heritage

Bridgwater Workhouse Memorial Unveiled

In 1837 they built a Victorian Workhouse on Bridgwater’s Northgate. In  2016 it was finally demolished to build a new and much needed primary school. Today all that stands to remind us of the dreadful conditions of an atrocious system designed by a government to persecute its own people is a small monument at the […]

Bridgwater Civic Society AGM Wed 12 April

The AGM of the Bridgwater and District Civic Society will be held on Wednesday 12th April, 7.30pm at the Victoria Centre in Victoria Park. During the last year the Society has been as vigilant as ever in protecting our historic built heritage and is a key partner of Bridgwater Town Council. Examples include insisting upon […]

Town Votes on role for future Mayors

At the Full Town Council meeting of 10th March 2016 Councillors considered a report by Council Leader Brian Smedley which fully investigated the role of Town Mayor by interviewing former Mayors  and making recommendations which clarified the roles and responsibilities of the office. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE THE MAYOR OF BRIDGWATER TODAY? Modern […]

The Bridgwater Mayoralty Review

Bridgwater has had a Mayor since 1468 and during those years the functions and powers of the Mayors have changed significantly. Any one of the 16 elected Bridgwater Town Councillors can become Mayor by simple majority vote of the Town Council at the Annual Meeting. However, being Mayor means that person has to dedicate a […]

County Summit meeting accepts future of Workhouse Hospital

After deadlock over the Christmas period, the future of the Blake Hospital – the former Bridgwater workhouse infirmary, was accepted as inevitable at a summit meeting today between Somerset County Council Estates team and  representatives from Bridgwater Town Council and the Bridgwater and District Civic Society. After attempts to get Somerset County Council to incorporate […]