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Early Days
Blake House before it was the museum. It adjoins Lonsdale House to the left. The wooden doors to the right led straight through the building to the garden at the rear. Later it was used as a garage. The passage was removed in the 1950s, as the adjoining gallery was extended.
The view in the opposite direction down Blake Street. Lonsdale house to the left, followed by Blake House. Then follows No 6 Blake Street, a cottage with the bay window, which was absorbed into the museum in 1962. The Town Mill is at the bottom of the street. It was acquired by the District Council for the museum in 2000.
One of the rooms of Blake house when it was a private residence. It is now the Blake Room, to the left of the entrance hall. The fire-place was removed after the building was bought by the council, and a false wall was built a short distance in front of it. At the time of the sale, in 1924, it was owned by Mr William Kitch, a builder, who also owned the mill nearby.
From the Western Morning News, 22nd August 1924 Admiral Blake’s Birthplace. Bridgwater Property as Musuem. Bridgwater Town Council resolved at yesterday's meeting to acquire Blake House (birthplace of Admiral Blake) and grounds for £976 for the provision of a museum for the town and for extending the public gardens adjoining the property.
To the rear of Blake House was a large walled garden, backing onto the grounds of Binford House – later Blake gardens. In about 1930 this was added to Blake Gardens, becoming the well-known Rose Garden. In turn, around 1990 the beds were removed and the area grassed.
Blake House and Gardens c1900
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