Wells, High Street 1963

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Caption for Wells, High Street C1960: Liptons the grocer's (left), a café from 1910 to the 1920s, is now Dixon's. Beside Liptons, the Pearl Assurance sign hides that of the Kings Head. Beyond, Lloyds Bank (established 1835) remains, with the 15th-century Star Hotel visible behind. The pillar box (right) still stands, but Hepworth's has become Superdrug. Next right is now a New Look fashion store; it stands on the site of the Novum Hospitium, where the Vicars Choral lived before 1382. It was also the site of the ancient Christopher Inn (1404- 1862), and until mid 1887 it was the Somerset Hotel, with a cast iron covered porch, stone walls and sandstone floors. William Halliday - a self-taught wood carver - lived there. His work was exhibited at the Great Exhibition, and can be seen around the city and in the cathedral. The Co-operative society (right) - now Stokes the greengrocer's and Lewis's – is now a sports shop. Woolworth's remains. On the west side of Guardhouse Lane (the gap between the Co-op and the store next to Hepworth's, right) was the guardhouse for prisoners from the Napoleonic wars - later it became a granary. Just west of Liptons (left), the 13th-century Grope Lane became Grove Lane in 1840, and is now Union Street. The library was built here in 1968, winning a Civic Trust Award.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

Memories of Wells


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 (...Read full memory)

I'm surprised there are so few memories of Wells. In the late '60's to '70's I lived in nearby Shepton Mallet as a schoolboy & later worked on a farm there. At weekends my elder brother, Colin, would arrive on the coach from Bournemouth, where he worked for the MoD. This was usually on a Friday night, & he (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Wells, High Street C1960: Liptons the grocer's (left), a café from 1910 to the 1920s, is now Dixon's. Beside Liptons, the Pearl Assurance sign hides that of the Kings Head. Beyond, Lloyds Bank (established 1835) remains, with the 15th-century Star Hotel visible behind. The pillar box (right) still stands, but Hepworth's has become Superdrug. Next right is now a New Look fashion store; it stands on the site of the Novum Hospitium, where the Vicars Choral lived before 1382. It was also the site of the ancient Christopher Inn (1404- 1862), and until mid 1887 it was the Somerset Hotel, with a cast iron covered porch, stone walls and sandstone floors. William Halliday - a self-taught wood carver - lived there. His work was exhibited at the Great Exhibition, and can be seen around the city and in the cathedral. The Co-operative society (right) - now Stokes the greengrocer's and Lewis's – is now a sports shop. Woolworth's remains. On the west side of Guardhouse Lane (the gap between the Co-op and the store next to Hepworth's, right) was the guardhouse for prisoners from the Napoleonic wars - later it became a granary. Just west of Liptons (left), the 13th-century Grope Lane became Grove Lane in 1840, and is now Union Street. The library was built here in 1968, winning a Civic Trust Award.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

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