Securing our history for the future

The Bawdrip History & Archive Group is a non-profit-making, village community project run by volunteer residents. Meetings are normally held at the Parish Hall.

The primary function of the Group is to collect and preserve documents and material reflecting the life and times of our villages and their heritage. This to include old photographs, documents, archaeological objects, audio recordings or any other interesting items.

The group has created a village heritage trail and has won Lottery funding for this. The Trail covers the main historic features of our village.

The focus are three interpretation boards.

We  have held walks and talks to share stories about where the Romans landed, traded and travelled, where Sedgemoor rebels marched, when trains came, went and stopped, where cows grazed, where owls, hares and skylarks still live, where the tall man worked in the smallest house and the blind willow weaver worked and where man left his mark. We held conducted tours of the X1Vth church to see where Eleanor Lovell might have hid and the resting place of Sir Simon de Bradney.

We have told the story of Bawdrip, through its history, its buildings and its landscape and engaged people young and old to share and research the facts through organised talks, walks, visits and workshops.