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Watchet
Statistics
Population:
Ordnance Survey
OS grid reference: ST074431
Administration
District: West Somerset
Shire county: Somerset
Region: South West England
Constituent country: England
Sovereign state: United Kingdom
Other
Ceremonial county: Somerset
Historic county: Somerset
Services
Police force: Avon and Somerset Police
Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}}
Ambulance: South Western
Post office and telephone
Post town: WATCHET
Postal district: TA23
Dialling code: 01984
Politics
UK Parliament: Bridgwater
European Parliament: South West England

Watchet is a harbour town in Somerset, England on the edge of Exmoor. In Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the ancient mariner set sail from Watchet. Image File history File links Dot4gb. ... Image File history File links Gb4dot. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... West Somerset is a local government district in Somerset, England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... South West England is one of the regions of England. ... Constituent country is an official term used to describe three of the four principal component parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK): England; Scotland; Wales. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... The historic counties of England are ancient subdivisions of England. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Avon & Somerset Constabulary is the Home Office police force in England responsible for policing the county of Somerset and the districts of South Gloucestershire, Bristol, North Somerset and Bath and North East Somerset; these districts were the now defunct county of Avon hence the forces name. ... A fire engine belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... This is a list of ambulance services in the United Kingdom: Ambulance services in England, after July 1, 2006 are A few deviations from the above have been made for operational reasons. ... The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset (including the Bournemouth, Plymouth, Poole, Torbay and Isles of Scilly unitary authorities) in South West England. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Bridgwater is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Sign in the entrance of the European Parliament building in Brussels, written in all the official languages used in the European Union as of July 2006 The European Parliament building in Strasbourg The debating chamber, or hemicycle, in Strasbourg The European Parliament building in Brussels The European Parliament (formerly European... South West England is a constituency of the European Parliament. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... A harbor (or harbour) or haven is a place where ships may shelter from the weather or are stored. ... Main street in Bastrop, Texas, a small town A town is a residential community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Somerset is a county in the south-west of England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Dunster Yarn Market (a covered market for the sale of local cloth, built in 1609) and Dunster Castle, Exmoor Exmoor National Park is a national park situated on the Bristol Channel coast of Devon and Somerset in South West England. ... Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, 1795 Samuel Taylor Coleridge (October 21, 1772 – July 25, 1834) (pronounced ) was an English poet, critic, and philosopher who was, along with his friend William Wordsworth, one of the founders of the Romantic Movement in England and one of the Lake Poets. ... One of a set of engraved metal plate illustrations by Gustave Doré. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a poem written by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-1799 and published in the first edition of Lyrical Ballads (1797). ...

View of most of Watchet taken from a nearby hill
View of most of Watchet taken from a nearby hill

Watchet is a station on the West Somerset Railway and is the place where Saint Decuman was killed. Cleeve Abbey lies a short distance away. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x663, 376 KB) Taken by myself 29/07/2006 from atop the hill overlooking Watchet. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x663, 376 KB) Taken by myself 29/07/2006 from atop the hill overlooking Watchet. ... Watchet railway station is a station on the West Somerset Railway, a heritage railway in Somerset, United Kingdom. ... At 20 miles, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) is the longest privately owned passenger rail line in the UK. It operates using heritage steam and diesel locomotives, and claims to provide transport for the local community as well as a leisure attraction for visitors. ... Saint Decuman was one of the Celtic saints who came from Wales during the 7th century. ... The Dormitory at Cleeve Abbey Medieval Tiles at Cleeve Cleeve Abbey is a Cistercian Abbey near the village of Washford, Somerset, England. ...


In the mid 1860s two independent railways terminated at Watchet. The West Somerset Mineral Railway ran down from the iron mines on the Brendon Hills, and the West Somerset Railway came up from the Bristol & Exeter Railway at Norton Fitzwarren. Both lines made extensive use of the harbour at Watchet. The West Somerset Mineral Railway was a standard gauge line which existed in the UK county of Somerset. ... The Brendon Hills are comprised of a lofty ridge of hills in the west of Somerset, England. ... At 20 miles, the West Somerset Railway (WSR) is the longest privately owned passenger rail line in the UK. It operates using heritage steam and diesel locomotives, and claims to provide transport for the local community as well as a leisure attraction for visitors. ... Exeter in 1844. ... Norton Fitzwarren is a village and parish in Somerset, England, situated two miles north west of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. ...


Other usage

The word "Watchet" was used in the 16th century to designated a pale, greenish blue colour.


External links

  • Visit Watchet Find information about visiting the ancient port of Watchet
  • Watchet Town Council
  • Watchet - Quantock Online Community
  • The Somerset Urban Archaeological Survey: Watchet , by Clare Gathercole

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