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The Bawdrip Show Saturday 25 August 1951


The Flower Show was held in the grounds of Knowle Hall and organised by

The Bawdrip Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association’


The main part of the Bridgwater Mercury newspaper report of the event is reproduced below.

An PDF image file of the full article including prizewinners is also available (click here)


Entries broke pre-war record

Boy wins shield and cups at Bawdrip.

BAWDRIP s show on Saturday, organised by the local Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association, broke a pre-war record with 536 entries. 20 more than in 1938!

A 15-year.-olcl Horsey competitor, Master A. E. Adams who was showing for the first time, won the shield for most points, two cups, a gold medal, and shared in another  cup defeating a number of competitors who have won trophies for many years in the past.


One of the best organised events of its kind in the Bridgwater district, the show was staged in a large marquee at Knowle Park by kind permission of Mr B. P. W. Greenhill and Mr R. Heywood the former having journeyed from his home at Chichester to perform the opening ceremony.

Mr Greenhill a cousin of Mr C. B. Greenhill of Puriton was introduced by the chairman of the Association, Mr A.E. Porter, and was accorded an enthusiastic reception He was thanked by the vice chairman. Mr J. Rogerson and before leaving informed the Association that the ground would be at their disposal again next year.


Delightful setting

The beautiful park was a delightful setting for the show, sports and other outdoor events which were held there during the afternoon. Threatening skies and the subsequent rain which fell in the evening probably kept some of the supporters away who would have otherwise attended, but the weather had no bad effect on the fancy dress parade which assembled in the village and processed to the ground where the competitors were judged by Mrs Akerman and Mr and Mrs Greenhill. As for the show it was indeed a credit to both organisers and the gardeners who had entered produce of the highest standard. The exhibits arrayed to best advantage were a source of much admiration by those who visited the show.

Praised by judges

The judges spoke highly of the vegetable collections in the open classes and also praised the onions. Gladioli and table decorations were outstanding among the flowers while the fruit particularly plums were pleasing features of the exhibits. All the children‘s classes were well sustained.

During the afternoon there was a first-class display of physical training given by the 3rd Bridgwater Company of the Boys‘ Brigade, whose band headed the fancy dress parade by permission at Capt. F. Betty.

Mr A. E. Body was in charge of the sports and the committee organised skittles and the refreshments.

Judges of the show were:

Messrs. T. R. Maitland (Cannington). F. Betty (Bridgwater), C. W. Dain (Cossington), E. Parkhouse (Cannington) and Miss Hooper (Bicknoller).  Mr W. Walker was Show secretary. Mr C. L. Durston. hon. treasurer. And the committee comprised Mrs Body , the Misses Wakefield, Legg, Smith, Body, the Rev W T E Morris and Messrs A Gilbert, S Emery, R March, D A Miles, W R Walker, G T Body, W Bown, J Pay, S Canlett and D Heal.

report and photo reproduced courtesy of the Bridgwater Mercury 28th August 1951


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Copyright:  Carol Hudson

The earliest surviving record there is is from the accounts book dating from Aug 25th 1928, when it was held at Chedzoy under the name of ’ The Bawdrip and Chedzoy Allotment Holders and Gardeners Association’ Other documents and pictures of the Association are part of the collecton of local author Dave Bown and he has kindly given permission to view these.  (click here)


Dave Bowns latest Book ‘ Bridgwater & Around Through Time’ was released in April this year. Although two thirds of this book is devoted to pictures of old & new Bridgwater, there is a Villages section which includes some pics of Bawdrip & Knowle. It is widely available locally now. Click here for more details etc.

Ask local people about Bridgwater's history, and it is the bridge and the river that many will say is central to the town. Of course there are many more aspects of the town's history that can be uncovered, and Bridgwater & Around Through Time is mainly concerned with what has changed during the last century. Our grandparents would likely have recognised the early pictures instantly, whereas we are most familiar with their modern counterparts. Of course some views are almost impossible to recreate today, like a view of the docks from the Mump, or the southernmost part of Blake Gardens, now crossed by the Broadway road. In other areas the view has hardly changed at all. Included in this book are views from some of the many nearby villages. From Aller to Westonzoyland, Bawdrip to Langport, Bridgwater and its villages have interesting histories and long-forgotten views to be remembered.