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Taunton shown within Somerset
Population 58,241
OS grid reference ST228250
District Taunton Deane
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TAUNTON
Postcode district TA1, TA2, TA3, TA4
Dialling code 01823
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament Taunton
European Parliament South West England
List of places: UKEnglandSomerset

Coordinates: 51°01′09″N 3°06′00″W / 51.0191, -3.1 The following places are named Taunton: Taunton, Somerset in England Taunton, Massachusetts Taunton, Minnesota Taunton, New York Also: Taunton, Adams County is a locale in Washington state. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Taunton Deane is a local government district with borough status in Somerset, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Constituent countries is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a number of countries make up a larger entity or grouping, concerning these countries; thus the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has used the phrase in reference to the parts of former Yugoslavia... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The TA postcode area, also known as the Taunton postcode area[2], is a group of postal districts around Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Crewkerne, Dulverton, Highbridge, Hinton St George, Ilminster, Langport, Martock, Merriott, Minehead, Montacute, Somerton, South Petherton, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Taunton, Watchet and Wellington in England. ... +44 redirects here. ... Avon & Somerset Constabulary is a police force in England covering the county of Somerset and the districts of South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset; these districts were the now defunct county of Avon hence the forces name. ... A Fire Appliance belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service or FRS covering the counties of Somerset and Devon, including the unitary authorities of Plymouth and Torbay, in the south west of England Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was founded on 1 April 2007... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Taunton is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... The constituency (first used 2004) within England; Gibraltar is in the inset. ... List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places within counties List of places in Bedfordshire List of places in Berkshire List of places in Buckinghamshire List of places in Cambridgeshire List of places in Cheshire List of places in Cleveland List of places... This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the ceremonial county of Somerset, England. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Taunton is the county town of Somerset, England. Taunton civil parish has a population of 44,050.[1] Suburbs of the town include Bishop's Hull, Staplegrove and Galmington, giving a total population for the "Taunton Urban Area" of 58,241 according to the 2001 census, up 4.4% since 1991. It is the largest town in Somerset (est. 60,000 inhabitants in 2006) and is its administrative capital. A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... “Suburbia” redirects here. ... Bishops Hull is a western suburb of Taunton in the district of Taunton Deane in Somerset, England. ... Staplegrove is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated in the northern suburbs of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ... A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ...

The town is home to Musgrove Park Hospital, Somerset County Museum and the County Cricket Ground where Somerset County Cricket Club play. It is part of the annual West Country Carnival circuit. It hosts the famous Taunton Flower Show that has been held in Vivary Park since 1866. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is located in Taunton on Admiralty Way. Musgrove Park Hospital is a large NHS hospital located in Taunton, Somerset. ... The County Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in Taunton, England. ... Somerset County Cricket Club is a county cricket club with headquarters at the County Cricket Ground, Taunton. ... Samurai by Griffens CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006 Front of Ghost Ship (Deliver Us) by Gremlins CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Hydrographic office. ...



The War Memorial and town centre, Taunton.
The War Memorial and town centre, Taunton.

The town name derives from Town on the River Tone — or Tone Town. There was perhaps a Romano-British village near the suburb of Holway, and Taunton was a place of considerable importance in Saxon times. King Ine of Wessex threw up an earthen castle here about 700, and a monastery was founded before 904. The bishops of Winchester owned the manor, and obtained the first charter for their "men of Taunton" from King Edward in 904, freeing them from all royal and county tribute. The War Memorial and town centre, Taunton, Somerset, England. ... The War Memorial and town centre, Taunton, Somerset, England. ... River Tone is a river in Somerset, that flows through Taunton and joins the River Parret. ... Romano-British is a term used to refer to the Romanized Britons under the Roman Empire (and later the Western Roman Empire) and in the years after the Roman departure exposed to Roman culture and Christian religion. ... Holway is a suburb of Taunton the county town of the English county of Taunton. ... For other uses, see Anglo-Saxon. ... Ine (died 728) was the King of Wessex from 688 to 726, noted particularly for his code of laws. ... Arms of the Bishop of Winchester The diocese of Winchester is one of the oldest and most important in England. ... Edward the Elder (Old English: Ä’adweard se Ieldra) (c. ...

At some time before the Domesday Survey Taunton had become a borough with very considerable privileges, governed by a portreeve appointed by the bishops. It did not obtain a charter of incorporation until that of 1627, which was renewed in 1677. The corporation existed until 1792, when the charter lapsed owing to vacancies in the number of the corporate body, and Taunton was not reincorporated until 1877. The medieval fairs and markets of Taunton (it still holds a weekly market today), were celebrated for the sale of woollen cloth called "Tauntons" made in the town. On the decline of the west of England woollen industry, silk-weaving was introduced at the end of the 18th century.[2] This article is about the 11th century census. ... This article refers to the political appointment portreeve; for the town in Canada see Portreeve, Saskatchewan. ...

In the autumn of 1685 Judge Jeffreys was based in Taunton during the Bloody Assizes that followed the Battle of Sedgemoor. Events February 6 - James Stuart, Duke of York becomes King James II of England and Ireland and King James VII of Scotland. ... George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys (1648-1689), Baron Wem, better known as Hanging Judge Jeffreys, became notorious during the reign of King James II, rising to the position of Lord Chancellor. ... The Bloody Assizes were the series of trials in the aftermath of the Battle of Sedgemoor, which ended the Monmouth Rebellion in England. ... The Battle of Sedgemoor was fought on 6 July 1685. ...

A road map of Taunton from 1948
A road map of Taunton from 1948

In World War II the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal formed part of the Taunton Stop Line, designed to prevent the advance of a German invasion. Pillboxes can still be seen along its length. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1241x1121, 167 KB)OS map from 1948 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1241x1121, 167 KB)OS map from 1948 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Bridgwater and Taunton Canal is a canal in the south west of England between Bridgwater and Taunton, linking with the River Parrett and the River Tone. ... The Taunton Stop Line was a World War II defensive line in southwest England. ... Detail from a pillbox embrasure. ...

Thomas Hardy created an imaginary Wessex and renamed Taunton as Toneborough in his books and poems. He called the area Outer Wessex see http://www.wessex.me.uk/taunton.html


The Almshouses along East Street, an attractive row of 17th century dwellings, are still occupied.

The Taunton Castle area of town includes the Somerset County Museum and The Castle Hotel both on the grounds of the former Taunton Castle and together with the municipal buildings, form an attractive three-sided group of buildings just beyond an archway off Fore Street. Though the effect is spoilt somewhat by the centre of this square being used as a car park, and the huge plain brick edifice of a bingo hall making up the west side of it. Somerset County Museum Somerset County Museum is located in the 12th century great hall of Taunton Castle. ... The Castle Hotel at Taunton is a former 12th century Norman fortress, located in Taunton, Somerset. ... Taunton Castle The history of Taunton as a fortified place starts early, for here King Ine of Wessex, in or about the year 710, timbered him a burgh, which his consort, Ethelburga, as an odd entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle relates, destroyed twelve years later. ...

The Mary Street Unitarian Chapel, located on Mary Street in Taunton has an interesting history.[1] In the later part of the 17th century, Taunton had two dissenting places of worship: "Paul’s Meeting" and the Baptist Meeting.[3] Paul’s Meeting was built at the top of Paul Street soon after 1672 on part of a bowling green behind the Three Cups Inn, now The County Hotel, and rapidly became one of the largest congregations in the county. After Mayor Timewell sacked both Paul’s Meeting and the Baptist Meeting in 1683, the dissenters were driven to worship in private houses on the outskirts of Taunton, where their assemblies were regularly raided by the Justices. Paul’s Meeting survived attempts to turn it into a workhouse and, with the coming of William and Mary, followed by the Toleration Act of 1689, was reopened. The Baptist Meeting became the Baptist New Meeting was registered in 1691 and rebuilt in 1721 as Mary Street Chapel. Non conformism is the term of KKK ... Events England, France, Munster and Cologne invade the United Provinces, therefore this name is know as ´het rampjaar´ (the disaster year) in the Netherlands. ... Looting (which derives via the Hindi lut from Sanskrit lung, to rob), sacking, plundering, or pillaging is the indiscriminate taking of goods by force as part of a military or political victory, or during a catastrophe or riot, such as during war,[1] natural disaster,[2] or rioting. ... Events June 6 - The Ashmolean Museum opens as the worlds first university museum. ... Non conformism is the term of KKK ... William III Mary II The phrase William and Mary usually refers to the joint sovereignty over the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland of King William III and his wife Queen Mary II. Their joint reign began in February, 1689, when they were called to the throne by... The Act of Toleration was an act of the English Parliament (24 May 1689, citation ) which granted freedom of worship to Nonconformists , Protestants who dissented from the Church of England such as Baptists, Congregationalists and Quakers, but not to Catholics. ... Events March 5 - French troops under Marshal Louis-Francois de Boufflers besiege the Spanish-held town of Mons March 20 - Leislers Rebellion - New governor arrives in New York - Jacob Leisler surrenders after standoff of several hours March 29 - Siege of Mons ends to the city’s surrender May 6... Year 1721 (MDCCXXI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ...

The tower of St. James Church rises up over the County Ground

Since the 18th century, the congregation of Mary Street Chapel has been Unitarian. Known associations of Mary Street Unitarian Chapel include the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. While Coleridge was living at Nether Stowey (16 miles away from Taunton), Coleridge came to the chapel to preach on several occasions. The minister at the time was Dr. Joshua Toulmin, who was unable to take services because he was grieving for the loss of his daughter who had been drowned on April 15th, 1798. Wesley also preached in the chapel on two or three occasions when wet weather drove him and his followers indoors. Another notable is Dr. Malachi Blake, who founded the Taunton and Somerset Hospital in East Reach, Taunton, in 1809 in celebration of the fiftieth year of George the Third's reign. Mary Street Unitarian Chapel still has the original interior including Flemish oak pillars in the Corinthian style. The pews and pulpit are also in oak, and there also is an early 18th century candelabra. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (411 × 616 pixels, file size: 50 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Parish Church of St. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 400 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (411 × 616 pixels, file size: 50 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Parish Church of St. ... The County Cricket Ground, is the most southwesterly of the English First Class cricket grounds, located in Taunton, Somerset. ... Historic Unitarianism believed in the oneness of God as opposed to traditional Christian belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... Nether Stowey is a small village in Somerset, South West England. ... Joshua Toulmin, D.D., (April 30, 1740 – July 23, 1815), of Taunton, England was a noted theologian and a serial Dissenting minister of Presbyterian (1761-1764), Baptist (1765-1803), and then Unitarian (1804-1815) congregations. ... Year 1809 (MDCCCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... “George III” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Flanders (disambiguation). ... The Corinthian order as used for the portico of the Pantheon, Rome provided a prominent model for Renaissance and later architects, through the medium of engravings. ... Pews in rows in a church. ... For other uses of Ambo, see Ambo, Ethiopia, Kom Ombo, ambulance Ambo (band). ... Three-branched brass candelabrum without candles Candelabra is the term traditionally referring to a pair (or more) of large, decorative candlesticks often shaped as a column or pedestal and having several arms or branches for holding candles. ...

A match in progress with the Ian Botham stand in the background

The Parish church of St. Mary Magdalene, built of sandstone more in the South Somerset style, preserves an attractive painted interior, but its most notable aspect is its 15th/16th century tower (rebuilt in the mid-19th century), which is one of the best examples in the country and a highly visible landmark. It was described by Simon Jenkins, an acknowledged authority on English churches, as “the finest in England. It makes its peace with the sky not just with a coronet but with the entire crown jewels cast in red-brown stone.” The tower itself has 12 bells and a clock mechanism. Unfortunately, two of the hammers on the clock mechanism are not striking at the present time. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Sir Ian Terence Botham, OBE, (born 24 November 1955) is a retired England Test cricketer and Test team captain, and current cricket commentator. ... Sir Simon Jenkins (born June 10, 1943) is a British newspaper columnist currently associated with The Guardian after fifteen years with News International titles. ...

The area by the river suffers from a disappointing lack of development, with supermarkets and car parks predominating. It is hoped that the forthcoming development of the County Cricket Ground will render this part of town, with its attractive setting and outstanding potential, livelier and more illustrious. (Such potential was recently demonstrated by the hosting of a concert by Elton John). The County Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in Taunton, England. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...

Public parks

There are a number of public parks dotted around Taunton, the most notable of which is Vivary Park, located near the centre of the town. It contains two main wide open spaces, as well as a war memorial, fountain, mini-golf course, tennis courts, a children's playground and located next to it is a golf course. Flowing through the park is a tributary of the River Tone.


Taunton railway station is on the Great Western Main Line and the Cross-Country Route. It is served and operated by First Great Western and is also served by Virgin Trains, with services to Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance, as well as the rest of the West Country. The former railway route to Minehead has become the heritage West Somerset Railway, with a bus service providing the normal link between Taunton and Minehead. Special rail events allow trains to run from Taunton along the heritage line to Minehead. Taunton railway station serves Taunton in Somerset, England. ... Maidenhead Railway Bridge The Great Western Main Line is a main line railway in England that runs westwards from London Paddington station to Temple Meads station in Bristol. ... The Cross Country Route (MR) is the name given to a major British rail route, running from South West England via Bristol, Birmingham, Derby and Sheffield to North East England and Scotland. ... First Great Western is the operating name of First Greater Western Ltd,[1] a British train operating company owned by FirstGroup, which operates services in the west and south west of England and South Wales. ... Virgin Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, which currently provides services from London Euston to the West Midlands, the North West and Scotland, on the West Coast Main Line. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... This article is about the British city. ... This article is about the capital city of Wales. ... This article is about the English city. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The city of Exeter is the county town of Devon, in the southwest of England, also known as the West Country. ... This article is about the city of Plymouth in England. ... Penzance Harbour and surrounding area as seen from the air Penzance (Cornish: Pensans) is a civil parish and port town in the Penwith district of Cornwall, England, UK. Granted various Royal Charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated in 1614,[2] it has a population of 21,168[1] people and... The West Country is an informal term for the area of south-western England roughly corresponding to the modern South West England government region. ... , Minehead is a coastal town in West Somerset, England with a population of around 10,000. ... The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a heritage railway that runs along the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, England, between Bishops Lydeard and Watchet. ...

Taunton also has good road links, having the M5 motorway junctions 25 & 26 close to the town, as well as other major roads such as the A38 and A358. Taunton Deane services are located between junctions 25 and 26 on the M5. The M5 near J28, Devon This article concerns the M5 motorway in England. ... A38 passing under M50 in Worcestershire The A38 is a major trunk road in England. ... Taunton Deane services is a motorway service station on the M5 motorway near Taunton. ...

The nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both within an hours car journey of Taunton. Exeter International Airport (IATA: EXT, ICAO: EGTE) is an international airport close to the city of Exeter in the county of Devon, England. ... Bristol International Airport (IATA: BRS, ICAO: EGGD) is the commercial airport serving the city of Bristol and much of the south west of England. ...

Taunton's Bus Network.
Taunton's Bus Network.

All Taunton's town bus services are provided by First, who have regular services on routes across the town. The routes are: Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 556 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,212 × 1,538 pixels, file size: 595 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tauntons bus network, showing routes and services for the town. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 556 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,212 × 1,538 pixels, file size: 595 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Tauntons bus network, showing routes and services for the town. ... First Group PLC (LSE: FGP) is a British transport company operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and North America, with headquarters in Aberdeen, Scotland. ...

  • 1/1A = Ladymead Road - Blackbrook (Via Ladymead Road, Town Centre, Normandy Drive)
  • 2 = Town Centre - Priorswood (Via Lyngford Road, Horner Road)
  • 3 = Bishop's Hull - Nerrols Farm (Via Town Centre)
  • 4 = Lane Estate - Galmington (Via Wheatley Crescent, Town Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital)

The town currently operates a Park and Ride scheme on the west side of the town called the 'Taunton Flyer', including a dedicated service to Musgrove Park Hospital named the 'Musgrove Flyer'. Musgrove Park Hospital is a large NHS hospital located in Taunton, Somerset. ... a park-and-ride bus in Oxford Park and ride terminals are public transport stations that allow commuters to drive short distances in their personal automobiles to catch a ride on a bus or railroad system (usually classified as light rail or the heavier commuter rail). ... Musgrove Park Hospital is a large NHS hospital located in Taunton, Somerset. ...


State secondary schools in Taunton include Heathfield Community School, The Castle School, Bishop Fox's Community School. State-funded Sixth Form teaching is provided by Richard Huish College. The coeducational independent schools in Taunton are King's College, Queen's College and Taunton School. Further education is provided by Somerset College of Arts and Technology. The Castle School is a secondary school situated off the Wellington Road behind Somerset College of Arts and Technology, in the town of Taunton, Somerset (United Kingdom). ... The Richard Huish College is named after Richard Huish who originally established the college as a grammar school for boys in the 18th century. ... An independent school in the United Kingdom is a school relying, for all of its funding, upon private sources, so almost invariably charging school fees. ... Kings College is a British secondary boarding school in Taunton, Somerset county, England. ... Queens College is located in Taunton, England. ... Taunton School Taunton School is an independent school in Taunton, Somerset, England. ... Somerset College of Arts and Technology is a community college based in Taunton, in the county of Somerset, England. ...


Taunton is home to several sporting teams and venues including:

Somerset County Cricket Club is a county cricket club with headquarters at the County Cricket Ground, Taunton. ... The County Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in Taunton, England. ... Taunton Town F.C. are a football club based in Taunton, Somerset, England. ... Somerset Vikings RLFC are a rugby league team from the county of Somerset in England. ... The Taunton Tigers is a semi-professional basketball competing in the English Basketball League Mens Division 1. ... Taunton Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Orchard Portman, just outside Taunton, Somerset, England. ...

Pop culture references

Taunton plays a role in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and is mentioned in The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Scoop by Evelyn Waugh and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré. Taunton has also made an appearance in a number of other British comedy series, including Monty Python's Flying Circus, Blackadder, Men Behaving Badly, Vic Reeves' Big Night Out, and also The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. Comedian Bill Bailey also mentions the town in his stand-up DVD Part Troll, claiming to have taken part in a teleportation experiment sponsored by Taunton Cider. Taunton was also mentioned in a 2007 Doctor Who episode, "The Shakespeare Code". The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... This article is about the novel. ... Kazuo Ishiguro (カズオ・イシグロ Kazuo Ishiguro, originally 石黒一雄 Ishiguro Kazuo, born November 8, 1954) is a British author of Japanese origin. ... Scoop is a 1938 novel by English writer Evelyn Waugh about the rush of war reporters to a thinly disguised Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is a spy novel by John le Carré, first published in 1974. ... John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931 in Poole, Dorset, England), an English writer of espionage novels. ... This article is about the television series. ... For other uses, see Blackadder (disambiguation). ... Men Behaving Badly is a British comedy, which first broadcasted in 1992 on the ITV network, however moved to BBC One (and a later timeslot) from the third series onwards. ... James Jim Roderick Moir, more commonly known by the pseudonym Vic Reeves, (born January 24, 1959) is an English comedian, best known for his double act with Bob Mortimer (see Vic and Bob). ... The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer was a BBC TV sketch show written by and starring double act Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer. ... For other uses, see Bill Bailey (disambiguation). ... Bill Bailey Bill Bailey, self proclaimed confused hippie and part troll, (born 1964 as Mark Bailey) is an English comedian, actor, and musician known for appearing on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI: Quite Interesting and Black Books. ... This article is about the television series. ... The Shakespeare Code is an episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ...

Notable residents and people born in Taunton

Official name Her Majestys Royal Marines Captain-General HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Nicknames Royals Motto Per Mare Per Terram Anniversaries 23 April 1918 - The Raid on Zeebrugge 28 April 1915 - Gallipoli 6 June 1944 - The Landings in Normandy 7 June 1761 - The Battle of Belle Isle 14 June... The Royal Marines (RM) are the marines and amphibious infantry of the United Kingdom and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary, form the Naval Service [2]. They are also the United Kingdoms amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. ... Colin Addison is a footballer and football manager. ... Jennifer Ann Agutter (born December 20, 1952) is an English actress. ... George Harrison and Pattie Boyd in A Hard Days Night Patricia Anne Pattie Boyd (born 17 March 1944) is an English model and photographer who is best known as the wife of first George Harrison and then Eric Clapton. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Andrew (Andy) Richard Caddick (born 21 November 1968) is an England cricketer. ... For other people by the same name, see Lee Martin. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... James Purefoy (born June 3, 1964) is an English actor born in Taunton, Somerset. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... Andy Robinson (born 3 April 1964 in Taunton, Somerset) is a former English rugby union footballer who played openside flanker for Bath and England. ... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Marcus Edward Trescothick MBE (born in Keynsham, Somerset on 25 December 1975) is an English cricketer. ... Henry John Woodcock (born 1967 in England), is a prosecutor in Potenza, Italy Henry John Woodcock is the son of a teacher of the Naval Academy of Livorno, his mother is from Naples. ...


The town is twinned with:

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  1. ^ Somerset County Council, 2002. Population estimates.
  2. ^ From the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica
  3. ^ Bush, Robin, (1977). The Book of Taunton.

(Redirected from 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica) The Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1911) in many ways represents the sum of knowledge at the beginning of the 20th century. ...

External links

  • Taunton at the Open Directory Project
  • Taunton Flower Show
  • Unofficial Taunton Tourist site
  • Taunton Community Site

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