On the Esplanade a statue of the Ancient Mariner. The statue was unveiled in September 2003, as a tribute to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The sculptor was Alan B Herriot of Penicuik, Scotland. Coleridge lived in the nearby village of Nether Stowey, about 10 miles from this statue. In 1797, while on a walking tour, Coleridge visited Watchet. On seeing the harbour, it is believed he was inspired to compose The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross about my neck was hung.