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Bridport
Bridport
is a market town in Dorset, England, situated approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel
English Channel
near the confluence of the small River Brit
River Brit
and its tributary the Asker. Its origins are Saxon and it has a long history as a rope-making centre, though many of its buildings date from the 18th century. On the coast and within the town's boundary is West Bay, a small fishing harbour previously known as Bridport
Bridport
Harbour. In the 21st century Bridport's arts scene has contributed to the town becoming increasingly popular with people from outside the locality. It has an arts centre, theatre, library, cinema and museum, and several annual events. It features as Port Bredy in the fictional Wessex of Thomas Hardy's novels. In the 2011 census the population of Bridport's built-up area was 13,568. The town is twinned with Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue, France.

Contents

1 History 2 Governance 3 Geography 4 Demography 5 Economy 6 Culture, art and media

6.1 Events 6.2 Media 6.3 Filming location

7 Transport 8 Education 9 Religion 10 Notable buildings 11 Sport and leisure 12 Notable people 13 See also 14 References

14.1 Notes 14.2 General references

15 External links

History[edit] Bridport's origins are Saxon. During the reign of King Alfred it became one of the four most important settlements in Dorset – the other three being Dorchester, Shaftesbury
Shaftesbury
and Wareham – with the construction of fortifications and establishment of a mint.[1] Bridport's name probably derives from another location nearby. In the early 10th century the Burghal Hidage
Burghal Hidage
recorded the existence of a fortified centre or burh in this area, called 'Brydian',[2] which is generally accepted as referring to Bridport.[3] 'Brydian' means 'place at the (River) Bride',[2] and this name may have come from an earlier burh in the Bride Valley a few miles to the east, which perhaps was abandoned or not completed in favour of the harbour site at Bridport. A probable location for an earlier burh is at Littlebredy.[4] In 1086 the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
recorded that the town was called 'Brideport';[3] 'port' is Old English
Old English
for a market town, thus 'Brideport' may have described the market town belonging to or associated with Bredy.[2] At a later date, in a reversal of a more typical derivation, the town lent its name to the river on which it stood; previously this had been the River Wooth, but it became the River Brit.[4] The Domesday Book
Domesday Book
recorded that Bridport
Bridport
had 120 houses in the reign of Edward the Confessor
Edward the Confessor
(1042–1066). In 1253 the town was awarded its first charter by Henry III,[5] and by the subsequent reign of Edward I Bridport
Bridport
sent two members to Parliament.[6] In the 14th and 15th centuries, like other Dorset
Dorset
coastal towns, Bridport
Bridport
suffered heavy losses due to frequent outbreaks of the Black Death; one 14th-century account by Geoffrey Baker recorded that the disease "almost stripped the seaports of Dorset
Dorset
of their inhabitants".[6][7] Around this time the town was also subjected to attacks by raiding French and Spanish forces.[6] Since the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
Bridport
Bridport
has been associated with the production of rope and nets.[8] The earliest official record of this industry dates from 1211, when King John ordered that Bridport
Bridport
make "as many ropes for ships both large and small and as many cables as you can".[9] The raw materials needed, flax and hemp, used to be grown in the surrounding countryside, though they were superseded in modern times by artificial fibres such as nylon.[10] Bridport's main street is particularly wide due to it previously having been used to dry the ropes, after they had been spun in long gardens behind the houses.[8] Ropes for gallows used to be made in the town, hence the phrase "stabbed with a Bridport
Bridport
dagger" being used to describe a hanging.[11][12]

Bridport Town Hall
Bridport Town Hall
(1786) by William Tyler RA

In the English Civil War
English Civil War
(1642–1651) the population of Bridport mainly supported the royalists.[13] At the end of the war in 1651 Charles II briefly stayed in the town as he sought to escape Parliamentarian forces after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester.[5] Many buildings in Bridport, particularly in the main street, date from the 18th century. Bridport Town Hall
Bridport Town Hall
was built in 1785-6, with its clock tower and cupola added about twenty years later.[5] Older buildings can be found in South Street, and include the 13th-century St. Mary's parish church, the 14th-century chantry and the 16th-century Bridport
Bridport
Museum.[5][8][10] During the 19th century Bridport's population grew little, unlike many Dorset
Dorset
towns,[14] although many sturdy buildings were constructed at this time, showing that at least parts of the population remained prosperous.[15] In 1857 the Bridport Railway
Bridport Railway
was opened, which joined the town with the existing national rail network. This benefitted the town's textile industry and brought cheaper goods such as coal to the area.[16] In 1884 the line was extended from Bridport's station to a new terminus on the coast at Bridport
Bridport
Harbour, which was renamed West Bay as part of attempts to promote it as a resort. The West Bay extension closed to passengers in 1930 and all traffic in 1962.[17] The entire Bridport line closed in 1975.[16] Governance[edit] In the UK national parliament, Bridport
Bridport
is within the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented by Oliver Letwin of the Conservative Party. In local government, Bridport
Bridport
is governed by Dorset
Dorset
County Council at the highest tier, West Dorset District Council at the second tier, and Bridport
Bridport
Town Council at the lowest tier. In national parliament and district council elections, West Dorset
Dorset
is divided into 24 electoral wards, with Bridport
Bridport
forming two of these: Bridport
Bridport
North and Bridport
Bridport
South.[18][19][20] In county council elections, Dorset
Dorset
is divided into 42 electoral divisions, with Bridport
Bridport
being within two: Bridport
Bridport
Electoral Division (the majority of the town) and Bride Valley Electoral Division (includes Bothenhampton, Bradpole
Bradpole
and St Andrew's Well).[21] Geography[edit]

The Jurassic
Jurassic
cliffs, West Bay

Bridport
Bridport
is in the county of Dorset
Dorset
in South West England, in the West Dorset
Dorset
district. Measured directly, it is about 14 miles (23 km) west of the county town Dorchester, 15.5 miles (25 km) SSW of Yeovil
Yeovil
in Somerset, 33 miles (53 km) east of Exeter
Exeter
in Devon
Devon
and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) inland from the English Channel
English Channel
at West Bay. The town centre is sited between the small River Brit
River Brit
and its tributary the Asker, about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) north of their confluence, at an altitude of 10–15 metres (33–49 ft). Another small tributary, the River Simene, also joins the Brit to the west of the town centre. Bridport
Bridport
is composed of several small suburban districts, some of which used to be separate villages. These include Allington, Skilling, Coneygar, Bothenhampton, Bradpole, Court Orchard and St Andrew's Well. One and a half miles from the town centre and within the town's boundary is West Bay, a small fishing harbour known as Bridport Harbour until the arrival of the railway. The geology of Bridport
Bridport
comprises rocks formed in the Pliensbachian, Toarcian, Aalenian, Bajocian, Bathonian
Bathonian
and Callovian
Callovian
ages of the Jurassic
Jurassic
Period, overlain by superficial Quaternary
Quaternary
deposits of alluvium alongside the rivers. There are several faults in the area, including the Mangerton Fault, which is aligned SSW-NNE and runs from West Bay up the valleys of the River Brit
River Brit
and Mangerton River. This intersects with several E-W faults, including three in the lower Brit Valley, between Bothenhampton
Bothenhampton
and West Bay, that run east, and two, north of the town centre, that run west. The land beneath the town centre and to the west and southwest (around the neighbourhood of Skilling) is mostly Eype
Eype
Clay, a micaceous mudstone/siltstone, though slightly younger Down Cliff Sand crowns the hill at Watton Cross. The hills immediately north of the town are formed from Bridport
Bridport
Sand, with Allington Hill and Watton Hill having small caps of Inferior Oolite. North of the hills, moving away from the town's built-up area, undifferentiated Down Cliff Sand and Thorncombe
Thorncombe
Sand is separated from the Bridport
Bridport
Sand of the hills in most places by a band of Beacon Limestone. The hills east of the town, around Walditch
Walditch
and Loders, are also mostly of Bridport
Bridport
Sand capped by Inferior Oolite, with the Beacon Limestone outcropping near their base and the undifferentiated sands closer to the town. To the south east however, the faults running east from the lower Brit Valley are associated with a change to slightly younger material, mostly calcareous mudstones and sandstones (Fuller's Earth, Frome Clay and Forest Marble), with small outcrops of Cornbrash limestone and Kellaways Formation to the south of Bothenhampton
Bothenhampton
parish church.[22] The coast at Bridport
Bridport
is part of the Jurassic
Jurassic
Coast, a World Heritage Site that covers a continuous 96 miles (154 km) of coastline in Dorset
Dorset
and neighbouring east Devon. All of the town is also within the Dorset
Dorset
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,[23] a protected landscape designation of national significance. The town's most notable landmark is the conical Colmers Hill, its distinctive shape and small clump of summit trees being very noticeable from West Street. Bridport
Bridport
is a Met Office
Met Office
coastal weather observation point. Demography[edit] The built-up area of Bridport
Bridport
extends into the neighbouring parishes of Allington, Bradpole
Bradpole
and Bothenhampton, as well as covering Bridport parish. In the 2011 census the population of these four parishes was 13,568.[24][25][26][27] The 2012 mid-year estimate of the population of Bridport's built-up area is 14,697.[28] The change in the population of Bridport
Bridport
parish only over preceding decades—not including neighbouring parishes—is shown in the table below.

Historic Population
Population
of Bridport
Bridport
Parish

Census 1921 1931 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001 2011

Population 5,910 5,920 6,270 6,530 6,370 6,880 7,290 7,730 8,332

Source: Dorset
Dorset
County Council[28]

According to council tax records, in 2014 the proportion of homes within Bridport's built-up area that were second homes was 4.8%. The figure for Bridport
Bridport
parish alone was 5.6%.[28] Economy[edit]

Palmer's Brewery

Writing in 1965, Ralph Wightman stated that "in the best possible meaning of the word Bridport
Bridport
has always been an industrial town, and its industries always had a connection with the countryside and the sea [...] Bridport
Bridport
has not had any industrial revolution. It has not blasted the countryside, and it has escaped the worst depressions. Perhaps this accounts for the fact that it has always been famous for good food and drink".[10] In 2012 there were 4,900 people employed in Bridport, 59% of whom were employed full-time and 41% part-time. The most important types of employment were distribution, accommodation and food (39% of non-agricultural employment), public administration, education and health (20%), production (18%) and construction (9%), with the remaining 14% accounted for by finance, ICT and other services.[28] Major employers in the area include AmSafe, Dorset
Dorset
HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Denhay Farms, Dorset
Dorset
Community NHS Trust, Dorset
Dorset
County Council, Edwards Sports Products, Gundry Bridport Ltd, Morrisons
Morrisons
and Waitrose.[28] Several firms in the town continue Bridport's heritage of rope and netmaking: Gundry Bridport
Bridport
Ltd manufacture rope and nets,[29] AmSafe – formed by the industrial division of Gundry Bridport
Bridport
in 1979 – specialise in the design and manufacture of textile safety products for aerospace and defence,[30] and Edwards Sports Products, operating in the town since 1884, manufacture sport nets for major events.[31] Other companies in the town include Palmer's Brewery (JC & RH Palmer Ltd) and valve-manufacturer Curtiss Wright. There are seven business estates in and around the town: Gore Cross Business Park (6.1 hectares or 15 acres), St Andrews Trading Estate (2.4 hectares or 5.9 acres), North Mills Trading Estate (2.2 hectares or 5.4 acres), St Michael's Trading Estate (1.8 hectares or 4.4 acres), Dreadnought Trading Estate (1.6 hectares or 4.0 acres), Pineapple Business Park (1 hectare or 2.5 acres) and Old Laundry/Sea Road North (0.55 hectares or 1.4 acres).[28]

Saturday market in South Street

Bridport
Bridport
has a twice-weekly street market and monthly farmers' market.[32] In 2005 there were 128 shops in the town, with a floorspace totalling 119,000 square feet (11,100 m2).[28] Several national chains have stores in the town, including WHSmith, Boots, Morrisons, Co-op, Superdrug, Waitrose, New Look and Fat Face.[28][33] The food retail catchment area of the town extends up to 5 miles north, east and west, and in 2001 had a population of 19,200.[28] R J Balson & Son, a butcher's shop on West Allington, is known as "England's Oldest Family Butchers", and claims a continuous line of family butchers back to the year 1515.[34] According to the Institute for Family Business, it is the oldest continuously trading family business in the UK.[35][36][37] Culture, art and media[edit] In the 21st century Bridport's arts scene has contributed to the town becoming increasingly popular with people from outside the locality.[38] It has an arts centre, theatre, library, cinema and museum, and several annual events. Bridport Arts Centre
Bridport Arts Centre
originated in the early 1970s when local activists bought an old Wesleyan chapel and adjacent schoolroom on South Street and converted them into a theatre and art gallery—named the Allsop Gallery in memory of broadcaster and local resident Kenneth Allsop. The centre hosts a diverse programme of cultural events and since the 1990s has received funding from the Arts Council.[39] In 1973 the centre founded the Bridport
Bridport
Prize, an annual international poetry and short story competition described by its patron Fay Weldon as "a prize really worth fighting for in terms of prestige and genuine literary accomplishment".[40] The Electric Palace Cinema has occupied its existing site since 1926. It closed down in 1999 but an ensuing campaign to 'Save the Palace' resulted in the building being listed before being bought by a new owner and refurbished to include a digital projector, auditorium murals, a new restaurant and art deco bar.[41] It reopened in 2007 and in March 2009 hosted the world premiere of The Young Victoria.[42] The Lyric Theatre, which reopened in 2010, hosts quirky theatre, puppetry, comedy, clowning and music. It is also the base of children's theatre company Stuff and Nonsense. Bridport
Bridport
Museum, located in South Street, includes an extensive exhibition of the town's long history of rope-making.

Bridport
Bridport
Arts Centre

Bridport
Bridport
features as 'Port Bredy' in the fictional 'Wessex' of Thomas Hardy's novels, and is the setting for Eden Phillpotts' 1918 novel The Spinners. Frederick Harcourt Kitchin, under the pseudonym Bennet Copplestone, used the area in his 1922 novel The Treasure of Golden Cap.[43] Events[edit] Bridport
Bridport
holds a number of festivals. The Bridport
Bridport
Literary Festival has been running since 2005 and has played host to literary figures such as Elizabeth Jane Howard, Victoria Glendinning, Minette Walters and Fay Weldon. Bridport
Bridport
Food Festival is held in late June at Asker Meadow. It showcases locally produced foods for which the area is well known. The Food Festival week concludes with the Round Table Beer Festival. Since 2010, there has been an annual Hat Festival which takes place in 'Bucky Doo Square' [44] for a weekend every September. An annual Christmas Tree Festival is held every December in the United Church. Over sixty trees are decorated by local and national charities, with visitors able to make donations.[45][46] Bridport
Bridport
holds an annual carnival on the third Saturday in August. The main feature is a carnival parade of floats, walking acts and majorettes, with other attractions including a car boot sale, fete and funfair. After the carnival South Street is closed for the night as live music is played while people dance in the street. The funfair is also open late. On the following night a torchlight procession takes place, with 1,500 torches carried 2 miles from the town centre to a bonfire at West Bay. This is followed by live music and fireworks. West Bay's funfair opens until late. The events raise money for local good causes and organisations. Melplash Show, described by its organisers as "the South West’s premier agricultural exhibition", is held annually on the showground at West Bay on the Thursday before the August Bank Holiday weekend.[47] Local artists in Bridport
Bridport
and the surrounding area open up their studios as part of Bridport
Bridport
Open Studios, which marked its 15th year in 2013. The event takes place over the three days of the August Bank Holiday weekend and over 100 artists participate.[48] The popularity of the event has led to three more open events in November, Easter and May. The biggest artist led venue is the St Michael's Studio complex on the St Michael's Trading Estate. It provides studios for 25 artists and attracted over 700 visitors to the 2009 event. Other one-day events include the West Bay Wallow,[49] a charity swim event in which participants often wear fancy dress, organised by the Bridport
Bridport
Round Table on Boxing Day, and a raft race in the River Brit basin, also at West Bay, in July; it is organised by the RNLI
RNLI
and participants race in homemade rafts and usually wear fancy dress.[50] It has been run for over forty years and attracts thousands of spectators, with money raised for the RNLI.[51] Media[edit] Bridport
Bridport
has two local weekly newspapers: the Bridport
Bridport
News, owned by Newsquest
Newsquest
and published on Thursdays, and the View from Bridport, published on Wednesdays. The Dorset
Dorset
Echo also serves Bridport
Bridport
and is published daily from Monday to Saturday. Local television is served by the BBC's Spotlight based in Plymouth and by the ITV West Country
ITV West Country
channel based in Bristol. Terrestrial television is transmitted in digital from the Stockland Hill Transmitter and also a digital relay transmitter based at Highlands End. Bridport
Bridport
is near the boundaries of the South and South West television broadcasting regions. Viewers in Bridport
Bridport
are more likely to receive news about Devon
Devon
and Cornwall
Cornwall
than they are about East and North Dorset. Bridport's local commercial radio station is Wessex FM, which broadcasts on 96.0 FM. Owned by UKRD, it also serves Weymouth and Dorchester. BBC
BBC
local radio stations BBC
BBC
Radio Devon
Devon
and BBC
BBC
Radio Solent can both be received. To bridge the gap in the county, the BBC proposed launching BBC
BBC
Radio Dorset, but this was dropped following BBC
BBC
cutbacks.[52] The Dorset
Dorset
Broadcasting Action Group campaigns for better coverage in the area.[53] In 2012 following the BBC
BBC
Trust's service review of BBC
BBC
Local Radio it was approved that a new West Dorset
Dorset
breakfast opt-out would be created from BBC
BBC
Radio Solent. The report stated that " Dorset
Dorset
is relatively underserved by the BBC
BBC
and other local providers. The county has no BBC
BBC
Local Radio service and is at the fringes of the regional television areas".[54] The service is broadcast on 103.8 FM from a studio complex based in Dorchester. There is currently no Podcast or listen-again service. Bridport
Bridport
has one community website, Bridport
Bridport
Radio, which uses a newspaper style format. It mixes local information with comedic made-up news stories. The site allows users to comment on local subjects.[55] Filming location[edit] Bridport
Bridport
and the surrounding area was used to film Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Channel 4 television programme River Cottage and the BBC
BBC
dramas Harbour Lights[56] starring Nick Berry
Nick Berry
and Rockliffe's Folly starring Ian Hogg. West Bay was used to film the 1950s film The Navy Lark
The Navy Lark
(based on the radio series of the same name), the opening credits of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, and much of the filming of the crime drama Broadchurch,[57] starring David Tennant and written by Chris Chibnall
Chris Chibnall
who lives in Bridport. Transport[edit] The A35 trunk road between Honiton
Honiton
and Southampton
Southampton
passes around the centre of Bridport
Bridport
on a bypass. Routes which start in the town include the A3066, which heads north through Beaminster
Beaminster
towards Crewkerne, and the B3157 coast road to Weymouth. The busiest main route in the Bridport
Bridport
area is the A35 west of the town at Miles Cross, which in 2012 had an average of 15,200 vehicles per day - this was an 85% increase over vehicle numbers in 1983, but a 3% decrease compared to 2007. Other main routes around the town have experienced similar changes.[28] Bridport railway station
Bridport railway station
was closed in May 1975, along with the Bridport
Bridport
- Maiden Newton
Maiden Newton
branch line. The nearest railway stations to Bridport
Bridport
are Maiden Newton, Crewkerne, Dorchester and Axminster. There is an infrequent bus service (73) to Powerstock, a bus service (X51) linking Axminster
Axminster
station, Dorchester South and West stations, and Weymouth railway stations, and a bus service (X53) linking the majority of Exeter
Exeter
railway stations, and Weymouth, Wool, Wareham, Poole, and formerly Bournemouth
Bournemouth
railway stations. On weekdays the X53 Exeter – Poole
Poole
coastal bus service runs every two hours, and there are other regular buses to Weymouth and Axminster. There are a few buses a day to Crewkerne
Crewkerne
and Yeovil, with minor buses also serving surrounding villages. The nearest international airports are Exeter
Exeter
and Bournemouth.

The Sir John Colfox Academy
The Sir John Colfox Academy
at Bradpole

Education[edit] Primary schools in Bridport
Bridport
are Bridport
Bridport
Primary School, St Mary's CE VC Primary School, St Catherine's RC Primary School and Symondsbury
Symondsbury
CE VC Primary School. The Sir John Colfox Academy
The Sir John Colfox Academy
is the town's only secondary school. It is located on the outskirts of the town and serves ages 11 to 18. The sixth form is combined with Beaminster School in nearby Beaminster. Children also attend other secondary schools within the region: Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, Colyton Grammar School in east Devon, and the Thomas Hardye School
Thomas Hardye School
in Dorchester. There are daily buses running to these schools from Bridport. Further and higher education in the region is provided by Yeovil
Yeovil
College, Weymouth College, Kingston Maurward College and Bournemouth
Bournemouth
University. Religion[edit] Bridport
Bridport
has a history of nonconformism; a Dissenters' Academy was built in the town in 1768, and by 1865 the single Anglican church, St Mary's, was outnumbered by non-Church-of- England
England
establishments by seven to one.[39] The Wesleyan chapel on South Street, now the Bridport
Bridport
Arts Centre, is a Grade II listed building; it was erected in 1838, designed by James Wilson of Bath, Somerset, and built by Charles and Joseph Galpin of Bridport.[58]

St Mary's parish church

St Mary's Church was founded in the 13th century though much of it dates from the 15th century and it was substantially restored and altered in the 19th century. There is a 17th-century brass in St. Catherine's Chapel that commemorates Edward Coker who was killed in 1685 during the Monmouth Rebellion. There is a strong connection with the Bridport
Bridport
United Church (Methodist/URC) and the two hold joint services, study groups and children’s holiday clubs. The parish is linked with Roumois
Roumois
in the Diocese of Évreux, Normandy. The church has a maximum capacity of 400 and hosts many events. It has a peal of eight bells.[59] Opposite the church is a Society of Friends
Society of Friends
Meeting House. There has been a Quaker presence in the town since the middle of the 17th century. George Fox
George Fox
visited the Friends in the town in 1655 and said, "A fine Meeting there is there." The Bridport
Bridport
Quaker Meeting still meets for worship on Sunday and Wednesday mornings.[60] The Unitarian "Chapel in the Garden", on the north side of East Street, provides a neutral development resource for an open faith community.[61][62] Notable buildings[edit] Within the parishes of Bridport, Allington, Bradpole
Bradpole
and Bothenhampton are 514 structures that are listed by Historic England
England
for their historical or architectural interest. Three of these are listed as Grade I (the designation of highest significance), seventeen are Grade II*, and the rest are Grade II.[63][64][65] The three Grade I structures are Bridport
Bridport
Town Hall,[66] the Parish Church of St Mary,[67] and Holy Trinity Old Church in Bothenhampton.[68] The seventeen Grade II* structures are: Bridport
Bridport
Museum, The Chantry
Chantry
and Daniel Taylor's almshouses (and wall of the Friend's burial place) in South Street;[69][70][71][72] No.34 and Granville House in West Street;[73][74] the Literary and Scientific Institute (the old library), Granby House Masonic Hall, No.9 and the walls to the garden behind No.74 in East Street;[75][76][77][78][79] Nos.133-139 (one structure) and the Church of St Swithun in North Allington;[80][81] Nos.27 and 29 (one structure) in West Allington;[82] Downe Hall in Rawles Way;[83] the unitarian chapel in Rax Lane;[84] Berry Farmhouse on Lower Walditch
Walditch
Lane;[85] Messrs Norman goods warehouse in West Bay;[86] and the new Holy Trinity Church in Bothenhampton.[87] Sport and leisure[edit]

6th hole, Port Coombe at the Bridport
Bridport
& West Dorset
Dorset
Golf Club

The town's football club is Bridport
Bridport
F.C., known as "The Bees". They currently play in the Western Football League
Western Football League
Premier Division.[88] The club was founded in 1885 and the home ground is St. Mary's Field. The town's rugby union club is Bridport
Bridport
RFC. Bridport
Bridport
& West Dorset
Dorset
Golf Club is situated atop of the east cliff at West Bay. The club has an 18-hole links course, driving range and pitch and putt course. Bridport
Bridport
Barracudas Swimming Club is based at Bridport
Bridport
Leisure Centre. A Water Polo section has junior and senior teams competing in the Dorset
Dorset
Water Polo League. Water Polo matches are held in summer in the outer harbour at West Bay, continuing a tradition dating back to 1898. The area also hosts one of the last remaining real tennis courts that was recently[when?] renovated with the aid of a lottery grant. Bowling is represented by Bridport
Bridport
Bowling Club, in Priory Lane (flat green outdoors in summer and short mat in winter), and Bridport
Bridport
Indoor Bowling Club in Shoe Lane. Notable people[edit] Notable people connected with Bridport
Bridport
and its environs include Arthur Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham,[89] and rock singer PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey
who were born there. American painter John Hubbard was based there in the 1960s and 1970s. Writer Tom Sharpe
Tom Sharpe
moved to the town in 1978, and socialist musician Billy Bragg, lives at nearby Burton Bradstock.[43][90] See also[edit]

Bridport
Bridport
(UK Parliament constituency)

References[edit] Notes[edit]

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Bettey, J. H. (1974). Dorset. City & County Histories. David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-6371-9. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bridport.

Wikisource
Wikisource
has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Bridport.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bridport.

Welcome to Bridport, or Notting Hill on Sea The Telegraph, 17 March 2007. Bridports reaction to Notting Hill on Sea references. Bridport
Bridport
Radio 22 February 2007. Bridport: Notting Hill by Sea? BBC
BBC
Dorset Brits love to be beside the seaside The Times, 29 April 2008. Postcode lottery: DT6 The Times, 2 May 2008. Bridport
Bridport
Town Council Bridport
Bridport
and West Bay Official Community website Bridport
Bridport
at Curlie (based on DMOZ)

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