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The foreshore at Watchet is rocky, with a high 6 metres (20 ft) tidal range. The cliffs between Watchet and Blue Anchor show a distinct pale, greenish blue colour, resulting from the coloured alabaster found there. The name "Watchet" or "Watchet Blue" was used in the 16th century to denote this colour.[37][38] A fragment of a lower jaw from a Phytosaur longirostrine archosaur has been described from early Hettangian strata.[39]

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The civil parish of Watchet is governed by a town council, having previously been Watchet Urban District.[33] Administratively, the civil parish falls within the West Somerset local government district and the Somerset shire county. Administrative tasks are shared between county, district and town councils. In 2011, the parish had a population of 3,785.[1][34]

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In the Iron ages, Daws Fort was built above Watchet to protect the port and area. Watchet's then natural harbour, made it an early trading centre and in the 10th century coins were minted here for Ethelred II and five more Saxon Kings.

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The Knights Templar Church of England/Methodist Community School in Liddymore Road was built in 1990. It takes its name from the land on which it was built which was owned by the Knights Templar.[50] Middle and an upper schools are available in Williton and Minehead including The West Somerset Community College, which provides education for 1298 students between the ages of 13 and 18.[51]

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Watchet is believed to be the place where Saint Decuman was killed around 706 and its parish church is dedicated to him. At the time of the Domesday Book Watchet was part of the estate held by William de Moyon.[10] The parish of Watchet was in the Williton and Freemanners Hundred in the Middle Ages.[11]T

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St Decuman's well is below the church. It is a 19th-century reconstruction of the earlier well on the site which dates from the Middle Ages.[54] In addition to the Church of St Decumen there is also a Methodist church in Watchet. It was built as a Wesleyan chapel in 1871.[55] The Baptist church was built in 1824.[56] Cleeve Abbey, one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in England, lies about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Watchet, in the village of Washford.

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Places to visit include The Mineral Line, both museums, the Watchet War Memorial, the steam railway, the fossil beach and paddling pool, St. Decumens Church and Holy Well, the marina and the memorial sports ground, which includes public tennis courts and an outdoor gym.

Watchet is unique in that it still retains the Court Leet system of medieval administration, albeit only in name. Posts include Portreeve and the coveted position of Ale Taster. The Star Inn, has won Somerset CAMRA awards for real ale. It's unclear if the Ale Taster had a hand in this!

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The maritime history of Watchet colours every part of the town while the wild beauty of its coastline is untouched with ancient ammonite fossils lying on the shore, just waiting to be found.

There is no sign of Roman occupation, but the Anglo-Saxons took Watchet from the native Britons around AD 680. Under Alfred the Great (AD 871−901) Watchet became an important port, and coins minted here have been found as far away as Copenhagen and Stockholm. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records the early port being plundered by Danes led by Earl Ottir and a 'Hroald' (possibly Ottir's king Ragnall) in 987 and 997.[9]

Watchet was first recorded during the dark ages, when St Decuman arrived from South Wales and acted as a physician, arbitrator and pastor to the local community. He arrived on a raft with a cow as a companion!


Watchet has character and uniqueness that are rarely found elsewhere, and it is this heritage, both in its people and places, that Watchet Town Council seeks to protect, support and present to visitors.

The church is dedicated to Saint Decuman who is thought to have died here around 706. An early church was built near Daw's Castle and a new church was erected in the 15th century. It has several tombs and monuments to Sir John Wyndham and his family who were the lords of the manor. Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner which was written in the area is commemorated by a statue on the harbourside.

Watchet gets its name from WACET, the blue dye found in the cliffs. Watchet was an active port with a host of commodities being traded up and down the coast, to Ireland and Wales, while the Mineral Line brought iron ore down for shipment to Wales.

Watchet is a harbour town, civil parish and electoral ward in the English county of Somerset, with a population of 3,785.[1] It is situated 15 miles (24 km) west of Bridgwater, 15 miles (24 km) north-west of Taunton, and 9 miles (14 km) east of Minehead. The parish includes the hamlet of Beggearn Huish. The town lies at the mouth of the Washford River on Bridgwater Bay, part of the Bristol Channel, and on the edge of Exmoor National Park.

We hope you will visit Watchet, tell your friends about us, and come back as often as possible. We will always offer you a warm welcome and share with you the true spirit of our town.

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There are plenty of other walks around Watchet, from day long rambles along parts of the Coleridge Way, The Mineral Line or the West Somerset Coastal Path, to shorter circular saunters in the surrounding countryside. For details on walks visit the Tourist Information Centre.

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was written whilst travelling through Watchet and the surrounding area. He lived at Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey and while living there he wrote This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison, part of Christabel, Frost at Midnight and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.[41]

Early 19th Century Coaching Inn at the heart of Exmoor National Park.

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Watchet also has the second highest rise and fall of tide in the world, so be prepared if you wish to see the fossils or walk the beaches. Tide times for Watchet can be found Here.