Watchet boasts a unique history of being painted and photographed throughout history.
The artist Thomas Chidgey, born in 1845, painted coastal sailing ships from Watchet and some other ports, as well as maritime scenes. His work is of great historic interest – accurately recording vessels such as schooners, brigs and ketches at a time when there were no photographs.
James Date was a pioneer photographer who lived in Watchet and produced many photographs showing life in this area.
Lynda Cotton Gallery has been here in Watchet for 40 years and more recently Contains Art which had its gallery in a container on the east quayside now has new Galleries in East Quay.