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Watchet, Somerset

Watchet is a harbour town and civil parish in the English county of Somerset, with an approximate population of 4,400. It is situated 15 miles west of Bridgwater, 15 miles north-west of Taunton, and 9 miles 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.
DistrictWest Somerset
Post townWATCHET
Administrative CountySomerset
Traditional CountySomerset
OS GridST0743
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityAvon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01984

Other names by which Watchet, Somerset has been known in the past

Wecedpoort ~ Wecedport ~ Wacet

Watchet, Somerset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Watchet, small seaport town with ry. sta., St Decumans par., Somerset, on the Bristol Channel, 16½ miles NW. of Taunton; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. Watchet is an ancient place, and was called in Saxon times Wecedport. It was destroyed twice by the Danes in the 10th century, and was represented in Parliament in the time of Edward I. It has a tidal harbour, a pier, and a breakwater. It exports iron ore and farm produce, and imports coal and timber. Ironfounding is carried on. The St Decumans papermills are at Watchet.

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