Wells, Sadler Street 1961

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Caption for Wells, Sadler Street C1960: WE BEGIN the tour of the city by the Dean's Eye gate-house, the dropping-off point both for mod- ern tour coaches and ancient stagecoaches. Until about 1970, one-way traffic passed under this gate-house into Sadler Street, the main road from London and Bath to Exeter. The Dean's Eye is also known as Browne's gate, after a cobbler who lived alongside it in 1553. The east side of the street was developed after 1340, but some deeds for the west side date back as far as 1301. On the west side is the white Georgian façade of one of the earliest coaching inns: the Hart's Head, known as the White Hart from 1700. It was built on dean and chapter land, and has been an inn since 1497. The site of the Hart's Head first appears in the 1343 Commoner's Accounts; it was bequeathed five years earlier in return for prayers for 'the repose of the soul of Ralph de Lullington'.

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, Sadler Street C1960: WE BEGIN the tour of the city by the Dean's Eye gate-house, the dropping-off point both for mod- ern tour coaches and ancient stagecoaches. Until about 1970, one-way traffic passed under this gate-house into Sadler Street, the main road from London and Bath to Exeter. The Dean's Eye is also known as Browne's gate, after a cobbler who lived alongside it in 1553. The east side of the street was developed after 1340, but some deeds for the west side date back as far as 1301. On the west side is the white Georgian façade of one of the earliest coaching inns: the Hart's Head, known as the White Hart from 1700. It was built on dean and chapter land, and has been an inn since 1497. The site of the Hart's Head first appears in the 1343 Commoner's Accounts; it was bequeathed five years earlier in return for prayers for 'the repose of the soul of Ralph de Lullington'.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

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