Wells, The Market Place 1964

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Caption for Wells, The Market Place 1964: The scooters behind the fountain are a symbol of the 50s and 60s. In the background (centre) is the Market House, erected in 1836, which was converted to the post office in 1923 by building between and behind its open colonnade. The hotels are now bedecked with flowers. The area which was once the site of the Exchequer has now become a small car park which has to be cleared twice a week to allow the market to take place. At the end of the 20th century, the Market Place was the subject of an enhancement scheme - the asphalt surface was removed and replaced by cobbles.

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 1964: The scooters behind the fountain are a symbol of the 50s and 60s. In the background (centre) is the Market House, erected in 1836, which was converted to the post office in 1923 by building between and behind its open colonnade. The hotels are now bedecked with flowers. The area which was once the site of the Exchequer has now become a small car park which has to be cleared twice a week to allow the market to take place. At the end of the 20th century, the Market Place was the subject of an enhancement scheme - the asphalt surface was removed and replaced by cobbles.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

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