Visit Bridport and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bridport, Dorset. At one time a “Bridport dagger” meant a hangman's noose. The town makes less actual rope now, but remains, as it has been since the Middle Ages, England's principal producer of netting twines and cord, and claims, indeed, to be the biggest in Europe. These traditional industries made use of the great width of its predominantly Georgian main streets, the pavements of which were once wider than the road itself and were used for the twisting, drying and general handling of nets and ropes. The streets converge at the handsome arcaded town hall (1785-6). Opposite it is the site of the inn where Charles II, after the Battle of Worcester in 1651, disguised and searching for transport to France, had a meal after having been let down by a Charmouth boatman. A popular stopping place in coaching days, the town has several old and handsome pubs. The local history museum, in a restored Tudor house in South Street, has finds from a Roman army camp near Stoke Abbot, 5 miles North, and a natural history section. Further down this street, the basically 13th to early-15th-century parish church was greatly altered in the 19th century. It contains a fine knight-in-armour effigy.
West Bay, l4 miles South, the town's small port, has been annexed by the tourist industry, though it is still quiet in the evenings. There are plenty of commercial fishing boats in its harbour, and the sandstone cliffs rise vertically from its shingle beach. The harbour entrance is very narrow and in rough weather incoming tides pound through it excitingly. West Bay exports gravel and sand and imports timber.
Nearby towns: Axminster, Beaminster, Charmouth, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Weymouth
Nearby villages: Abbotsbury, Askerswell, Blackdown, Bradpole, Broadwindsor, Burstock, Burton Bradstock, Charmouth, Chideock, Crewkerne, Evershot, Greenham, Hooke, Loders, Long Bredy, Marshwood, Morecombelake, Netherbury, Nettlecombe, Pilsdon, Powerstock, Puncknowle, Rampisham, Stoke Abbott, Swyre, Thorncombe, Toller Porcorum, Watton, West Bay, West Compton, Whitchurch Canonicor, Wootton Fitzpaine
Have you decided to visit Bridport or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bridport bed and breakfast (a Bridport B&B or Bridport b and b)
- a Bridport guesthouse
- a Bridport hotel (or motel)
- a Bridport self-catering establishment, or
- other Bridport accommodation