Chard is an epicentre for Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Wessex. Tourists, Visitors and Business People are most welcome in Chard. This page is a little about our town.
History Of Chard
The ancient kingdom of Wessex was founded in the year 495 AD by Cerdic. This town was named in the Domesday Book as Cerdre - the royal house of Cerdric. It was therefore a town of great significance in the past. In Stuart times it was from Chard that Charles I of England tried to sue for peace with Oliver Cromwell. It was refused and Charles was soon defeated and ultimately beheaded. Then in the reign of James II it was at the epicentre of the uprising against the King. The Duke of Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis and soon encamped at South Chard. He was defeated and the locals who had joined the uprising were severely dealt with by the infamous "hanging" Judge Jeffries.
The town was also very much at the centre of the industrial revolution. In 1843, some 50+ years before the Wright brothers, the first powered flight aeroplane was made and took to the air in Chard. The inventor was John Stringfellow. It was also the place where the first artificial limbs were made. Full descriptions and models can be viewed at the Chard Museum.
There are many places of interest both in Chard itself and in the surrounding area: These include The Chard Reservoir Nature Reserve, The Wildlife Park at Cricket St. Thomas, Cricket House (famous for the TV series "To The Manor Born), Forde Abbey & Gardens, The Devon County Showground, The County Cricket Ground at Taunton, The Bath & West Showground, The Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Cheddar Caves & Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Perry's Cider Mills and the Glastonbury Music Festival.