Binford Place, Bridgwater
The earliest views of Binford Place show the building known as the Arch.
The Arch, a wonderful medieval structure, with Tudor and Jacobean additions, formed part of the establishment known as the Castle Inn. The inn’s name may relate to Bridgwater Castle, which stood on the opposite side of Fore Street, but, as the inn started out as an import business for wine, it may relate to ‘Castile’ in Spain, as this was a common root for the name of many English inns and pubs. The Borough Corporation of the 1790s spent a considerable amount of effort clearing away many of the old medieval properties which had adjoined the stone bridge, partially to aid traffic, but also in preparation for a new iron bridge. The Castle Inn was considerably truncated, leaving a wall facing the river in brick, with the old stone frontage facing Fore Street.
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