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Bridport is a town in Dorset, England. Located on the coast at the Western end of Chesil Beach at the confluence of the rivers Brit and Asker, it originally thrived as a fishing port and rope-making centre (the hangman’s rope being made at Bridport gave birth to the proverb "stabbed with a Bridport dagger").

It is home to some light industry (prominently, Palmer's Brewery, which recently celebrated its bicentennial; and AmSafe (American Safety), successors to the old established firm of Gundry's and Edwards Sports, main survivors of the 750 year old rope and net making companies), a thriving commercial centre with twice-weekly street market, and a mixture of friendly and unpretentious housing estates that provide homes for a large community of retirees. The Sir John Colfox School provides secondary education for 11 to 18 year-olds from the town and surrounding villages. Bridport and the surrounding area was used to film Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Channel 4 television programme River Cottage

 

According to the 2001 Census, the population of the Bridport parish stands at 7,340. Surrounding villages include Eype, Loders and Uploders. One and a half miles from Bridport centre and within the town boundary lies West Bay, a small fishing harbour formerly known as Bridport Harbour. West Bay was the location of a television series by the BBC, Harbour Lights aired in 1999 and 2000 starring Nick Berry.

Bridport is surrounded by many beautiful hills and rolling countryside.  The King of Wessex, better known as Alfred the Great, established it as a fortified burgh in the late 9th Century

The predominant industry in the town was rope making and in 1213 King John demanded that Bridport produce ropes and cables, night and day for his army and navy. This industry was later to expand to trade all over the world, including Newfoundland. 

In 1253 Henry III made Bridport a Royal Borough, confirmed by Elizabeth I and James I. In 1651 Charles II stayed in the town to escape the Cromwellian Army.

 

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