BATTLE OF SEDGEMOOR VISITOR CENTRE
Explore The story of The failed monmouth rebellion in a medieval somerset church
The Battle of Sedgemoor was fought on 6 July 1685 in Somerset and was the last engagement of the Monmouth Rebellion. James Scott,
Duke of Monmouth was the illegitimate son of Charles II but still believed he had a right to the throne and attempted to seize the crown from his uncle James II. The rebellion soon faltered, and Sedgemoor was the last pitched battle fought on English soil. Monmouth was defeated, captured and executed, while many of his supporters were tried in the notorious ‘Bloody Assizes’, which was overseen by the infamous Judge Jeffreys.
For anybody visiting Somerset with an interest in military or royal history, the Battle of Sedgemoor Visitor Centre is a small but fascinating venue with free admission. It is located in the village of Westonzoyland inside the 13th-century church of St Mary’s, which is near the battlefield. Accounts of the battle from 1685 were recorded in the parish register and churchwarden’s account book, so the church is an ideal location to tell the battle’s story.
There are graphic displays, touch screens and wall-mounted videos that tell the complete story of Sedgemoor, as well as static displays of costumes and weapons. The visitor centre is open during normal church hours and can be made available to larger groups by appointment only.