"Bridgwater is a busy market town set in the heart of Somerset's vastly contrasting but equally beautiful countryside. The town lies in the valley of the fiercely tidal River Parrett at the foot of the Quantocks, with the Somerset levels and the Mendip Hills stretched out before it. ... By the 15th century the town had grown to about 300 houses and had become a thriving port. The cloth trade was well established and was the mainstay of the town’s prosperity, exporting woollen cloths from various parts of Somerset. In the Civil War the town supported the Royalist cause and suffered grievously. In a major siege at the end of July 1645, Parliamentary artillery pounded the town for 3 days and destroyed virtually all the timber framed domestic and commercial buildings. Roundheads subsequently destroyed the castle as a reprisal for the town’s resistance". --- < http://www.bridgwatertown.com/history.aspx > accessed Jan 2017