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The Historic Treasures Of Somerset
No matter which period you pick, we can supply plenty of places that inform the visitor of the part played by our people in the important events of the age whether it is Roman occupation, Civil War or Industrial Revolution. We even have a claim to history that is shrouded in myth with talk of King Arthur and Avalon. No visit to the County would be complete for historians without a trip to Bath or Glastonbury. For many, History is punctuated by battles and the County has connections with some of the most notorious. The last battle fought on English soil – the Battle of Sedgemoor – was at Westonzoyland where a model of the action can be found in St Mary’s Church.
Our county town, Taunton, witnessed Judge Jeffreys 'Bloody Assize' in the aftermath and there is an exhibition on the Pitchfork Rebellion in Somerset Museum.
Nearby Wellington gave its name to the Duke who triumphed at Waterloo and Bridgwater is the birth place of this country’s most successful admiral – Admiral Blake.
More recently, in the Second World War, the Mendip Hills were used to simulate Bristol in order to draw enemy fire away from the City. Other war time paraphernalia includes pill boxes built along the Taunton Stop Line intended to defend us against invasion.
Defences in the form of castles can be found at Taunton, Dunster, Farleigh Hungerford and Nunney.
You will hear the county referred to frequently as a place of contrasts and this is mainly because of its incredibly diverse landscape ranging from limestone ridges to clay valleys, heathland and forests.