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Fairs and Markets

Bridgwater Fairs

The vibrancy of any town could be measured by the success or otherwise of its fairs and markets. In the mid-thirteenth century Bridgwater, with its 300 burgages, had 13 stalls and 5 shops. It also had 3 Jews, only two being licensed to act as bankers...
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St Matthew's Fair

The giant fair which survives today is St Matthew’s Fair and dates backto 1249. Its charter was renewed in 1613. For centuries it has formed a high spot in the social calendar and has been held on the same sight for most of that time. Originally h...
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Markets and Trade

Apart from the fairs, a regular market was held in Bridgwater, initially on a Saturday until around 1600, and then latterly on a Wednesday. In St.Mary Street there was a Cheese Cross where cheeses were sold. In 1857 an Act of Parliament rearranged...
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Bridgwater Cloth Trade

During the fourteenth century, the Bridgwater cloth trade expanded considerably and not least because of the good quality of locally made cloth, the speciality being a ratteen, a coarse serge-like cloth known as a “Bridgwater”. Taunton and Dunster had...
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