This is the index page for historical notes on Bridgwater’s various historic industries. By the eighteenth century Bridgwater had developed small industries in bring making and casting, both of which were expanded in the ninetieth. The nineteenth century saw the rapid expansion of new industries, such as shirt and collar manufacturing, and industrial methods were applied to old crafts, such as wicker furniture making. All suffered greatly in the mid-twentieth century. Although some manufacturing still occurs in the town, sectors such as the brick and tile making are completely gone. We hope to expand this page in the future, and contributions are welcome.