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Bridgewater

"BRIDGWATER, a parish and market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, in the northern division of the hundred of Petherton, in the county of Somerset, 33 miles to the S.W. of Bristol, and 151 miles to the W. of London, by the Great Western railway, on which it is a station. It is situated on the banks of the river Parret, about 10 miles from Bridgwater Bay, in the Bristol Channel, into which the Parret falls. Bridgwater is a very ancient place, and is mentioned in the Domesday Survey under the name of Brugie; it consisted then of a mill, meadow, and woodlands. Its present name is a corruption of Brugie-Walter, signifying the "Bridge of Walter;" the place having been given by William the Conqueror to Walter de Dowai, one of his followers." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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