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Bridgwater,

town (1991 pop. 30,782), Somerset, SW England, on the Parrett River estuary. It is a port for seaborne traffic and a market town. Bridgwater is the only place in England that produces bathbricks, which are made from clay and sand deposited by the river and are used for scouring metals. Other manufactures are bricks, tiles, furniture, beer, and preserves. Admiral Robert BlakeBlake, Robert,
1599–1657, English admiral. A merchant, he sat in the Short Parliament (1640) and joined the parliamentary side in the civil war. He defended Bristol, Lyme, and Taunton against royalist attacks (1643–45).
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 was born in Bridgwater.

Bridgwater

a town in SW England, in central Somerset. Pop.: 36 563 (2001)
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