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Taunton, Somerset
Fore Street, Taunton
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Evidence of Roman and Saxon settlements have been found in and around the quiet town of Taunton , making it a site of archaeological and social history interest. It lies on the River Tone, and since the Anglo-Saxon word for a town is tun, it is easy to see how its name came about.

Taunton: Vivary Park
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeTaunton: Vivary Park - Credit: Martin Bodman

The town's main business was wool until the late seventeenth century when the industry began to decline, but once the Grand Western Canal was built in 1839, giving Taunton better access to markets, its fortunes began to change.