At first glance, this small Somerset town, situated a few miles north of the A303 trunk road, appears forgotten by time. Down its alleyways, along its riverside walk and from the hill, with its 15th century Dovecot, visitors find a blend of old and new.
Bruton has Saxon origins with Celtic, Roman and Dark Ages sites in the surrounding heights of land. The first church, built in about 690, in which the town also housed an abbey and royal mint. The Domesday Book notes a variety of farming and, today, tractors and hay wagons often travel the High Street.
Around the town are buildings that housed the wool and, later, silk industries. There were major processing plants for grains, dairy and meat products, many of which now have moved on. A strong tradition of education remains, with five significant schools enjoying enviable reputations. Music, literature and visual expression thrive in Bruton. With bustling Festival of Arts and the remarkable Packhorse Fair as highlights in May.
Today, around 3,000 residents of all age groups make Bruton a thriving community. People come to explore the close-knit architecture spanning five centuries. Enjoying the sheer beauty of the surrounding landscape, the history and looking for their ancestral roots on the museum's data base.
Saturday 14th March 8pm - midnight £5 on the door.
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