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Painting of Judge Jeffreys (1645-1689)

This portrait shows the notorious judge who presided at the Bloody Assizes. The Assizes held at Taunton Castle took place on 18 and 19 September 1685. Jeffreys tried 514 prisoners...

Painting of Edmund Wyndham (1601-1683)

Edmund Wyndham was a leading Somerset Royalist during the Civil War. In 1644 he besieged Taunton, bombarding the castle from the west and the town from the east. When Robert...

Painting of James, Duke of Monmouth

Monmouth was the favourite but illegitimate son of Charles II. When his Catholic uncle James II succeeded to the throne, Monmouth became the focus for Protestant opposition. But his rebel army...

Painting of Jane Tynte

Jane Tynte belonged to a wealthy Somerset family. She was the daughter of Sir Nicholas Halswell who became MP for Bridgwater in 1603. She was married to John Tynte...

Painting of Farmer Budge

In this carefully posed portrait, Farmer Edward Budge looks proudly at the viewer. He lived at Haselbury Park Farm where he farmed 350 acres mostly as the tenant of Lord...