Bristol Channel seaport, Sedgemoor district, administrative and historic county of Somerset, England. The town, which is located in Sedgemoor district, lies to the east of the Quantock Hills, mainly on the right bank of the River Parrett. The first of several charters dates from 1200, and wine and wool fairs were economically important in medieval times. The Church of St. Mary dates from the 14th century. The port's trade, which revived with the building of a new dock in 1841, still continues; the river is navigable to the town for vessels up to 200 tons. Bridgwater's varied industries include brick and tile making, heavy engineering, brewing, the manufacture of electrical equipment, and the making of preserves. Pop. (2001) 36,563.
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