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Taunton is a historic town located in Somerset, England. It is believed to have been settled in the 7th century by the Saxons, and played a role in the English Civil War during the 17th century. Taunton is known for its rich architectural heritage, with several historic buildings and landmarks such as the Taunton Castle, which dates back to the 12th century, and St. Mary’s Church, which features a striking 163-foot tower. Today, Taunton is a bustling town with a vibrant cultural scene and is home to a number of museums and galleries, including the Museum of Somerset and the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre.

All articles are written by local historian Nick Chipchase.

Tangier Bridge c 1905 Taunton Somerset

Tangier Bridge c 1905

One of my favourite Taunton views, which again I have coloured. The posters advertise Taunton Dog Show and The Great Labour Meeting.

The Somerset Inn c 1902 Taunton Somerset

The Somerset Inn c 1902

The Somerset Inn was owned by The Charlton Brewery Company. In 1902 Taunton was served by ninety public houses for a population of 22,500.

Taunton Market c 1905 Nick Chipchase

Taunton Market c 1905

After over a decade work has started at the old market site. Prior to this the market was held on The Parade making Taunton a truly ‘Market Town’.

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