Ask local people about Bridgwater's history, and it is the bridge and the river that many will say is central to the town. Of course there are many more aspects of the town's history that can be uncovered, and Bridgwater & Around Through Time is mainly concerned with what has changed during the last century. Our grandparents would likely have recognised the early pictures instantly, whereas we are most familiar with their modern counterparts. Of course some views are almost impossible to recreate today, like a view of the docks from the Mump, or the southernmost part of Blake Gardens, now crossed by the Broadway road. In other areas the view has hardly changed at all. Included in this book are views from some of the many nearby villages. From Aller to Westonzoyland, Bawdrip to Langport, Bridgwater and its villages have interesting histories and long-forgotten views to be remembered.
David C. Bown was born locally in the village of Bawdrip in 1952 & has spent all his life in several villages surrounding Bridgwater. In 2003, in an early retirement situation, he decided to fill his spare time by embarking on a photographic project, to record digital photos of all the villages in Somerset. His other passion of family history research, which prompted the start of his old postcard collection, was the ideal accompaniment to getting the Somerset photography project under way.