By Tim Lambert

Early Chard

1066 In the Domesday Book Chard or Cerdre as it is called is a large village with a population of about 150

1234 The Bishop of Wells creates a new market town north of the village

1313 Chard is busy little town with a population of a few hundred

1394 Chard has a fulling mill where wool is cleaned and thickened. The wool in the little town prospers.

1577 Chard suffers severe damage in a fire

1600 Chard is a flourishing town with a grammar school

1663 Almshouses are built in Chard with money from a merchant named Richard Harvey

1685 The Duke of Monmouth leads a rebellion in Southwest England. Afterwards 12 men are executed in Chard.

1750 Chard is a small but prosperous market town

19th Century Chard

1801 Chard has a population of 2,800 and it is growing rapidly

1834 A Town Hall is built in Chard

1838 A workhouse is built in Chard

1842 Riots take place in Chard. A canal is built to Chard.

1851 Chard has a population of over 5,000. However its growth slows downs.

1860 Lace making is the main industry in Chard

1863 The railway reaches Chard

1874 A newspaper called the Chard and Ilminster News begins publication

Modern Chard

1901 Chard has a population of over 6,000

1962 Chard railway station closes to passengers

1970 A museum opens in Chard

2011 Chard has a population of about 12,000

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