ST0743 : The Square in Watchet

taken 7 years ago, near to Watchet, Somerset, Great Britain

The Square in Watchet
The Square in Watchet
Swain Street exits stage left, with Harbour Road straight ahead. You can just make out the current bus station shelter on Harbour Road - behind the Boat Museum, which is housed in the railway Station's old goods shed (centre stage). The Square used to be the bus station, and a bus shelter remains on the right. From my observation, this shelter is still used as a pick-up point for some church buses on Sundays. The railway pedestrian overpass is currently closed, due to it having been recently declared unsafe. (I'm sure it will eventually get repaired, as locals use it as a shortcut into town. And a heritage railway station could hardly be without its old bridge.) As far as I know, Somerset County Council own the actual trackbed and lineside land - so there is some dispute as to who will pay what for the bridge to be repaired. The small white shed belongs to a local taxi company. I seem to remember there was a bus ticket office there in the 1960s.
The footbridge was demolished in early 2011. The scrapped sections were carted away to enable a new bridge to be created by a specialist company, that looks pretty much the same. This duly arrived in late 2011, complete with some new lamp fittings and palings. The inauguration of the bridge included a couple of hundred locals, local dignitaries and the town band. A great time was had by all. So the view now looks pretty much the same, but perhaps just a bit tidier.
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Wednesday, 28 April, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 18 June, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 071 432 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:10.8602N 3:19.7945W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 070 432
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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