Wells, The Market Place 1963

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Caption for Wells, The Market Place C1965: This view westwards shows (from left to right) the Midland Bank, Mac Fisheries, Cathedral Antiques (the Abbey National Building Society today), a solicitor's premises, and Traveller's Joy travel agents (Barclays Bank today). Note the bus stop on the corner ( left) - buses no longer enter the Market Place today. The Red Lion Hotel (left) is being renovated.

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, The Market Place C1965: This view westwards shows (from left to right) the Midland Bank, Mac Fisheries, Cathedral Antiques (the Abbey National Building Society today), a solicitor's premises, and Traveller's Joy travel agents (Barclays Bank today). Note the bus stop on the corner ( left) - buses no longer enter the Market Place today. The Red Lion Hotel (left) is being renovated.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

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