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Watchet is a harbour town, civil parish and electoral ward in the English county of Somerset, with a population of 3,785. 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. The original settlement may have been at the Iron Age fort Daw's Castle. It then moved to the mouth of the river and a small harbour developed, named by the celts as "Gwo Coed" meaning Under the Wood. After the saxon conquest of the area the town developed and was known as Weced or Waeced and was attacked by Vikings in the 10th century. Trade using the harbour gradually grew, despite damage during several severe storms, with import and exports of goods including those from Wansbrough Paper Mill until the 19th century when it increased with the export of iron ore, brought from the Brendon Hills via the West Somerset Mineral Railway, mainly to Newport for onward transportation to the Ebbw Vale Steelworks. The West Somerset Railway also served the town and port bringing goods and people from the Bristol and Exeter Railway. The iron ore trade reduced and ceased in the early-20th century. The port continued a smaller commercial trade until 2000 when it was converted into a marina. 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.


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Facts and Stats for Watchet*

  • Pollution Statistics in Watchet

    Know the pollution level of Watchet before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 35.29 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.15 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30.77 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.08 (Low)
  • Watchet: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Watchet for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Watchet.

    • Burglary and Theft 35.29 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.29 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 32.14 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 24.29 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 27.14 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 40.71 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 40.44 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 45 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.86 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 49.29 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.85 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 45.71 (Moderate)
  • Living in Watchet - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Watchet is 188.74 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 63.61 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.75 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 37.45 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 19.89 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 70.16 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 74.37 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.39 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 117.33 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Watchet

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Watchet

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.18 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 40.77 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.31 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 79.89 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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