Highbridge is a market town in Somerset on the edge of the Somerset Levels near the mouth of the River Brue and with a population of nearly 5000 people.
It is approximately 20 miles north west of Taunton, the county town of Somerset and approximately 7 miles north of Bridgwater, the district's administrative centre. Highbrige closely neighbours Burnham-on-Sea, forming part of the combined parish of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge and shares a Town Council with the resort town.
There is archaeological evidence of occupation around the Highbridge area at least as far back as the Roman period. A bridged crossing over the River Brue at this location has existed since the 14th century and it has always been an important crossing on the route from Bristol to the South West. The town that sprung up around this crossing takes it name from the bridge. An older name for the local manor was “Huish” a contraction of the phrase “Huish jaxta altum pontem” (next to a high bridge). There are historical references to a wharf at this site and to usage of the river as part of the drainage plan for the Somerset Levels by the Monks of Glastonbury.Information & text gathered from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved October 6th, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highbridge