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Somerset is located in South West England, with Gloucestershire, Bristol, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon as its closest neighbours. To the north and west lies the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel, and towards the border to Gloucestershire is the River Avon. It is not difficult to understand why Somerset has attracted residents since prehistoric times and why it has played such as crucial role in British military history... Today, Somerset is an important supplier of defence equipment and technology. To provide the British Armed Forces with explosives, a Royal Ordnance Factory - ROF Bridgewater - was built between Puriton and Woolavington during the early stages of WWII. The site is no longer in use, but the tradition remains - although today's products are considerably more high tech. There is for instance the Thales Underwater Systems and the UK Hydrographic Office and Avimo (Thales Optics)... Somerset played a decisive part in the consolidation of power and rise of King Alfred..