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Seal of the town of BridportBridport has a long and interesting history, there is evidence in the lumps and bumps of the landscape that people have lived in this area since prehistoric times. In 1086 The Domesday book calls it Brideport. Bridiport 1157, Brudiport 1207, Bredeport 1266. The definition of the name means 'Harbour or market town belonging to Bredy', from Old English Port which can mean either 'port' or 'market' and Brit the name of the river that runs through it.

A balloon carrying Mr Walter Powell (MP for Malmsbury) was involved in a fatal disaster over The English Channel near Bridport.  The War Department had loaned the balloon to the Meteorological Society who used it to take observations of the atmosphere. After taking off near Bath the crew were forced to make a landing on the cliffs between Eype and Bridport when disaster struck.

Fresh from a night working the apples at the World famous Chideock Cider Shed, our intrepid reporter Scoop Doggy Style has been given full access to the workings of this ancient Dorset Cidermaking legend.
A whisper sent round via the modern smoke signal…..

DJ James Baker has been DJ-ing for about 18 years playing soul, jazz. funk, house, hip hop and every thing in between. He has just done a set on solid steel radio for Ninja tunes www.ninjatune.net/solidsteel James is the resident DJ at
No. 10 cafe/bar and plays gigs all over the world.

In response to requests on The Best of Bridport Radio we are going to start a thread where you, the illustrious members can tell your comrades a little bit about yourselves, which is just as well because some people think I (Ed) make up all this stuff myself (if only I had the time) or that Carlito really is the alter ego of Bridport Mayor Geoff Ackerman (if that was the case we’d have witch burning at the Leisure Centre).

To know and understand each other betterer ...that is the original idea behind the Town-twinning movement, which was born in Europe shortly after the Second World War. Nowadays Twinning brings together municipalities throughout Europe, linking them in a dense network of citizens whether they like it or not.

Listen to Ways of the Mouth - Jurassic Coast

Ways of the Mouth are a "hip hop" group based in Bridport formed in 2005 sometime, after doing a project with PVA studios. They consist of three MC's and one DJ.

Dick TurpinIn 1997 the council tax bill for a Band C property in Bridport was £618.00 now 10 years later the bill as doubled to £1264.37 an increase of OVER 100%

Has anyone who been in the same job for the last 10 years and had an increase in pay by 100%?
- I doubt it.

Have the services provided by our local authority improved by 100%? - I don’t think so.

Here are some new additions to our archve of images from Bridports past. Have you got any pictures from bygone days that you would like to share? Or if you have any information about the pictures published here let us know. Please remember that the copyright for these pictures belongs to their respective owners and they should not be used without prior permission.

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Images of Bridport and West Bay

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