About Bridgwater Without Parish
The boundaries of Bridgwater Without Civil Parish form a gentle ‘S’-shape, roughly following the line of the M5 motorway as they sweep from the north of Bridgwater, round the east of it, to finish on the banks of the Parrett at Dunwear in the south. It includes the homes at Horsey (please see the “Districts in the Parish” section below for more information), Kings Down, Slape Cross and Dunwear. The area sits in the splendour of the Somerset Levels with their network of ancient towns, villages and farms connected by winding lanes and their patchworks of fields criss-crossed by rivers, streams and drainage channels, all cradled by the spectacular scenery of the Polden and Quantock Hills. Yet it is just ten minutes’ away from the lively centre of Bridgwater with its farmers’ market, cafes, supermarkets, shopping centre, shops, cinemas, clubs, societies and district council offices and the railway station and even nearer the acclaimed Bridgwater College.
The Place to Live
Looking south across the Parish from Horsey Levels towards the Brendon Hills
The parish is the ideal place to live for people at all stages of life. It has a rural setting with many houses in quiet country settings and small, friendly groups while others form pleasant, larger communities and there’s and the vibrant, new Kings Down housing development, all benefitting from the local amenities. At the heart is Mole Valley Farmers super store catering for everyone’s needs, not just for the farms and agricultural businesses in the parish and surrounding area – there is a thriving horticultural enterprise and a bird and pet-food supplier as well as much open farmland in the parish -, and the Spar Express and Budgens petrol stations, news agents and convenience stores plus a SubWay. For leisure there is the iconic landmark, the Willow Man, the Bower Inn, Morganians rugby ground, three new football pitches, a new sports pavilion/community hall and a new primary school and nursery and play areas. At Little Sydenham and at Dunwear there are fishing lakes. Horsey has its Scheduled Ancient Monument including the remains of the deserted mediaeval village and several other historic sites that speak of the parish’s history and tradition.
The Place to Work
View of Quantock Hills beyond Morrisons warehouse and Express Park
It is also a great place to work. It can be said to be at the heart of Bridgwater’s plans for the future. In the parish is Bridgwater’s biggest employer, Morrison’s Willow Green Distribution Centre* – at a mile long the brand new facility is the biggest in the West -, Bridgwater’s brand new hospital opened here in April 2014. Mulberry, the world famous Somerset manufacturer of leather goods has a factory here. The Express Business Park boasts the Exchange conference facilities (and creche), the Premier Inn Hotel and Kings Sedgemoor Pub. Also there are major businesses such as Tool Station, NHS Supply Chain*, Gerber and Somerset Coast Primary Care Trust. The new Regional Police Centre opened in September 2014, a new innovation centre to support the building of Hinkley C power station is going up fast and other developments are planned. Then there’s Polden Business Park with St John Ambulance’s new centre on Bristol Road and builders Harris and Harris. There are more thriving businesses on sites in Dunwear. The parish is already home to an important sub-station on the electricity distribution grid so it is ready play key roles in the developments to support EDF’s power station project at Hinkley and National Grid’s development of the power distribution system.
* Run by DHL
Easy To Get To
The New Bridgwater Hospital
Four of the areas main road arteries pass through it – A39, Bristol Road, M5, A38 Bath Road and A327 Westonzoyland Road – and this gives it excellent public transport (with bus routes from three companies including routes 1, 19, X75, 375) and road links – a position that affords the parish’s three haulage businesses a head start. A new bridge over the railway – opened in the spring of 2013 – provides a new northern link road for the town.