Welcome to the website of Bridgwater Westover ward produced by your four ward Councillors
Orienteerers Orientate themselves to Westover
200 lycra, parka and sweatband clad orienteering enthusiasts from all over England spread out across Westover, sometimes at breakneck speed, in mad quest for small orange and white markers indicating the key points on their makeshift racetrack created as it was from amidst the historic backdrop of Bridgwater. The Quantock Orienteerers were in town.
But not just the Quantock ones, enthusiasts from everywhere. One lady, casually eating a fruit and yogurt compot from a tupperware container, said she’d travelled down from Berkshire. Another from London said it was her first time here and she was pleasantly surprised and would come again.
It wasn’t so easy to pin the rest down as they scurried around the town like manic tracksuited pacmen seemingly pulled hither and thither by the magnetic nodal points that beguiled them so.
There were of course several options. The disorientated fanatics headed off competitively to the far flung corners of the town on expertly planned and knowledgeably challenging points. The more casual first timers bimbled off gently on the ‘tourist’ option – armed with specialist maps -sponsored by the Town Council.
This was the option that Westover ward councillors took.
To get a feel for the route – click on the gallery below to follow Councillor Kath on her quest for Westover’s hidden gems.
Kathy Pearce fronting the environment negotiations
Point 1 is the piece of medieval stonework in the High street
Point 2 is Green Dragon Lane – site of the 19th century Lonsdale House private schooly
Point 3 is the wattle and daub house of the Old Vicarage
Point 4 is the 16th century Blake Museum. Kath finds the flag on the old mill bridge as it crosses the Durleigh brook.
Point 5 is the Wesleyan chapel in Dampiet st
Point 6 and it’s the old summer house in Blake gardens
Point 7 the town bridge – at least the 3rd on this site with crossings going back to 1200
Point 8 and it;s the old castle wars in Queen street
Point 9 the Admiral Blake statue on Cornhill
Point 10 the King Square war memorial. Site of the Norman Keep around which the castle was constructed
point 11 the ancient ‘watergate’ through which sea going craft could access the castle
Point 12 the Chandos glass cone dating from 1725
Point 13 and Kath has reached Bridgwater Docks built in 1840
Point 14 and it’s the start point of the Bridgwater-Taunton canal
Point 15 we’re back on Brewery field at a point where the old railway line once passed between dock and brewery
Hooray! Everyone’s a winner! (especially as no-one else was competing)