Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68West 27 There has been a settlement on the banks of the River Tone since Saxon times and as befits a largely rural county, Taunton is a typical market town. The livestock may have moved out but there is an award-winning Farmers Market every Thursday. Barges no longer transport goods along the canal from Bridgwater but there is an imaginative Space Walk on the towpath and the riverside has been given over to gardens. Taunton is not only the administrative centre, it also houses the Museum of Somerset and is a focus for arts, culture, sport and shopping. Somerset Cricket Club, Taunton Horse Racing The museum records the last acts of this Country’s Civil War when the infamous Judge Jeffery held his Bloody Assize in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle sentencing 500 rebels to death or transportation. The town’s sky line is dominated by not one but two church towers, one of which St Mary’s at 50m high, has been described as the finest in England. The church towers can be seen from the ground of Somerset County Cricket Club, which has hosted international matches and is the home of the England Women’s Cricket Team. Another sport enjoyed here is national hunt racing with the course at Orchard Portman staging around 15 meetings each season. Don’t miss: Tarr Steps, Selworthy model village, Dunkery Beacon, Hestercombe Gardens, Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Blake Museum, Cothay Manor, tiny Culbone Church, Cannington Walled gardens.