Bridgwater is a bustling market town set on the edge of the Somerset Levels with, to the north, the Mendip Range and to the west, the Quantock Hills. The town lies in the valley of the fiercely tidal River Parrett which historically enabled its development as a major port and trading centre. Bridgwater is mentioned both in the Doomsday Book and in the earlier Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dating from around 800, owing its origin as a trade centre to its position at the mouth of the chief river in Somerset. Today, Bridgwater still maintains a large industrial base which is strengthened by its proximity to the M5 motorway, both Junctions 23 and 24 accessible within 3 Miles. Bridgwater also hosts a main line railway station whereby the County Town of Taunton can be reached within 15 minutes and Bristol within 50 minutes.