Mentioned in the Doomsday Book as Brugie, Bridgwater has long been linked with trade and industry. Birthplace of Robert Blake (Admiral) who became known as "the Father of the Navy" due to his being responsible for building up the largest Navy during 1640s, the house believed to be his birthplace is now the Blake Museum. Famous now for its illuminated carnival which is held in November and attracts in excess of a hundred thousand visitors to the town for the day. Local clubs spend much of the year designing and building carts which feature in the procession, as much as 20,000 can be spent on each cart. Being on the edge of the Somerset Levels, to the north are the Mendip range and on the west the Quantock hills Bridgwater is in a central position for visiting all these areas.