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A bit about Watchet
During this summer, I had the opportunity to visit Watchet, a charming town located on the north Somerset coast in England. I had never been there before and had no particular reason to go, except to pick up a rug I had purchased online. After loading the rug into the car, I decided to explore the town.
Watchet has a rich history that dates back to ancient times, evident in its historic harbour which once served as a vital trading port. Nowadays, the town sustains itself by blending its maritime heritage with modern attractions like antique shopping and tourism.
As I walked towards the marina, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Watchet was home to a steam railway line. Upon further investigation, I learned that it is part of The West Somerset Railway, constructed by Brunel in the 19th century. Being a fan of steam railways, I made a mental note to experience a ride on it someday.
In the 1790s, Samuel Taylor Coleridge visited Watchet and the surrounding area. Inspired by his travels, he penned “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” A testament to this literary connection is the statue of the mariner himself, situated on the harbourside with an albatross hanging from his neck.
After leisurely mooch around the shops the shops and treating myself to an ice cream, I decided to climb a small hill next to the marina. From the coastguard lookout point, I enjoyed a panoramic view of the older part of town. The buildings exhibited distinct architecture, showcasing Watchet’s evolution over the centuries. Prominent landmarks like St. Decuman’s Church and the remnants of a medieval castle offered glimpses into its less peaceful past.
Inspired by the scenery, I chose to capture the moment by creating a small watercolor painting of some boats being repaired on the quayside.