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ABOUT THE TOWN
Bruton is a small ancient town in South Somerset situated in the Brue Valley. Although there have been many changes, the town retains it's charm and character and is steeped in history. The River Brue flows through the middle and provides a pleasant walk for townspeople and visitors alike. Bruton has many interesting and historical buildings including the medieval Packhorse Bridge, St Mary's Church, Sexey's Hospital and the Dovecote.
Wool was the main industry of the town in the middle ages giving way to the silk industry in the late 18th century. Today the two main industries are farming and education. There are five schools in Bruton: King's School, founded in 1519, Bruton School for Girls, Sexey's School, a Primary School and the Meadow School for Steiner Education.
Bruton has many thriving groups and societies to keep its 3000 residents fully occupied. The annual Festival of Arts, including the Packhorse Fair is a noteworthy attraction as are the Art Show, Horticultural Show and musical and theatrical productions.
Many footpaths weave their way through Bruton and the surrounding countryside, including the Leyland Trail and Macmillan Way, and many walkers use Bruton as a centre. The town has several award-winning restaurants and hostelries and good bed and breakfast facilities.
The Community Office, situated in the High Street, will be happy to provide local tourist leaflets, bus and train timetables and details of local events.