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Cindy Crawford's Taunton heritage
LITTLE ol’ Taunton can claim a world famous supermodel, voted one of the sexiest women of all time, as its very own – well, almost.
Cindy Crawford has traced her ancestry back to Somerset’s county town and even popped over for a look around.
Ms Crawford’s links to the town go back to the mid-17th Century, when her forebear Thomas Trowbridge fought for Oliver Cromwell’s forces during the year-long siege of Taunton during the Civil War.
The story featured in the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? last week and the makers even brought her over to find out more about Trowbridge.
Ms Crawford, once married to heartthrob actor Richard Gere, discovered that Trowbridge, a strict Puritan, was born in Taunton in 1598 and became a cloth merchant before relocating to Boston, USA, to escape the religious persecutions of Charles I.
He helped establish a Congregational Church in New Haven, where he fell out with the authorities for refusing to pay his taxes, before his three sons were taken into care in the 1640s after he ‘disappeared’.
In fact, he had returned to England to join Cromwell’s Army and found himself holed up in Taunton, where the Parliamentarians, under Robert Blake, resisted the Royalist forces for a year from July 1644.
Once the monarchy was restored, Trowbridge remained in Taunton and married a local woman.
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