The Admiral Blake Museum, Bridgwater, Somerset
This is the house where Admiral Robert Blake (1599-1657) was born and lived. Blake became Member of Parliament for Bridgwater in the Short Parliament dissolved by Charles I and for Taunton in 1645. A supporter of the parliamentary cause, he distinguished himself in the sieges of Bodmin, Lansdown, Bristol and Taunton. In 1649, at the age of 50, he took up his first command of a ship and until his death was regarded with an enthusiasm bordering on idolatry; even those against whom he fought considered him as a knightly foe.