hence becoming known variously as Burgh-Walter, Brugg-Walter and Brigg-Walter, eventually corrupted to Bridgwater.
An alternative version is that it derives from "Bridge of Walter" (i.e. Bridgwater is mentioned both in the Domesday Book and in the earlier Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dating from around 800, owing its origin as a trade centre to its position at the mouth of the chief river in Somerset.
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During the 11th century Second Barons' War against Henry III, Bridgwater was held by the barons against the King.
Bridgwater Castle was a substantial structure built in Old Red Sandstone, covering a site of 8 or 9 acres (32,000 to 36,000 m²).
A tidal moat, up to 65 feet (20 m) wide in places, flowed about along the line of the modern thoroughfares of Fore Street and Castle Moat, and between Northgate and Chandos Street.
Historically, the town had a politically radical tendency.
The Battle of Sedgemoor, where the Monmouth Rebellion was finally crushed in 1685, was fought nearby.
The main entrance opposite the Cornhill was built with a pair of adjacent gates and drawbridges.