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Cathedral, Stairs to Chapter House 1890, Wells

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A Wartime Reminder of Italian Prisoners of War

Beech Barrow, Romulus And Remus Monument 2004, Wells
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During the Second World War there was an Italian prisoner of war camp at Penleigh, on the outskirts of Wells in Somerset. The Italian POWS were put out to work on local farms, and one of them was Gaetano Celestra, who had been a sculptor and mason before the war. When a stray enemy bomb fell at Beech Barrow and damaged a wall belonging to the farm where he was working, he rebuilt it and asked the farmer for permission to sculpt a she-wolf suckling two children, Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome who were brought up by a wolf, to place on the wall to remind him of home. The monument is beside the A39 road from Bath to Wells, on the left hand side near the Mendip transmitter, approaching from the Bath direction. During their time in Somerset, long lasting friendships were made between the Italian POWs and local people, and marriages took place with local girls. A number of the Italian ex-POWs returned to Somerset... Read more

I Lived at Beechbarrow

Beech Barrow, Romulus And Remus Monument 2004, Wells
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I think the date at 1974 is correct but I would have been 6 then!! We owned all of what is Beechbarrow now and as a young man I had the run of the place! I hope the beech walk is still there, I built my first tree house in there! It was on the other side from the barn that Ron Chard had. Ron Chard was the farmer that used the paddocks we had. His son Tom is hopefully running it now, if Ron is not. Romulus & Remus were just a part of life but the best was a little fish pond, as you go in on the right. There is a massive hole/cave in the garden to the left as you go in to Beechbarrow. I only saw it once but Dad and a friend put a paper feed bag down it alight, it was deep and O was not allowed to play there again. In1977 for the Queen's Silver Jubilee there was a big fire on Penn... Read more

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