Sitting above the River Parret in Somerset, the market town of Bridgwater was once a major shipping port for the West Country. Its name comes from "brigg" the Saxon word for a quayside.
The town is famous for its November illuminated carnival, said to be the world's biggest. Local amenities include a cinema, 10-pin bowling, an arts centre, the Admiral Blake Museum the Brick and Tile Museum, a leisure centre, nightclub and numerous pubs. The Mendip and Quantock Hills, the beautiful Somerset Levels and the coast are all not far away.
The town is home to around 37,000 people. It has a mix of independent small shops and major high street names, as well as its own dedicated retail park. Today Bridgwater is associated with light industry and manufacturing, notably building materials and catering supplies.