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Old February 18th, 2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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WELLS, England

WELLS, England


Country: England
County: Somerset
Population
- City: 10,406

On Thursday, I ventured into the depths of Somerset to the delightful city of Wells.

Wells is a cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills. Although the population recorded in the 2001 census is 10,406, it has had city status since 1205. It is the second smallest English city in terms of area and population after the City of London although, unlike the latter, Wells is not part of a larger metropolitan conurbation, and is consequently described in some sources as being England's smallest city..

The name Wells derives from the three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew, one in the market place and two within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace and cathedral. There was a small Roman settlement around the wells, but its importance grew under the Saxons when King Ine of Wessex founded a minster church in 704, around which the settlement grew. Wells became a trading centre and involved in cloth making before its involvement in both the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion during the 17th century. In the 19th century, transport infrastructure improved with stations on three different railway lines.

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Old February 18th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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This first area is around Priest Row and St. Cuthbert's Street. The name of the latter is associated with the shown church, a lovely little place with a surprisingly bright interior. The end of St. Cuthbert's Street becomes the High Street which will be shown in the next update.







































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Very very nice
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Old February 19th, 2012, 11:37 AM   #4
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Indeed very nice photos from Wells, Mike
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Old February 19th, 2012, 02:52 PM   #5
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Indeed very nice photos from Wells, Mike
Thanks very much for your comments guys. Much appreciated!
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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excellent photos, im looking forward to the ones of the Cathedral
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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excellent photos, im looking forward to the ones of the Cathedral
Hey thanks! Yep the Cathedral ones will be up after this update, and you can see the Cathedral poking out above the High Street here.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #8
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St. Cuthbertís Street becomes the High Street at a busy junction. Unfortunately the High Street isnít pedestrianised so I was faced with the familiar problem of vehicles ruining the otherwise picturesque look of the town. Nevertheless, at the top of end of the High Street, one emerges into Market Square, overlooked by the Cathedral to one corner, the arched entrance to the Bishopís Palace in the middle, and the City Hall on the other side. One also finds the National Trust office here alongside quaint little shops and traditional pubs, inside one of which I had lunch. Enjoy!



































































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Old February 20th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #9
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So charming little England town
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Lovely place, great pics.
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beautiful and charming place Wells is, thanks for sharing your pics...
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Looks wonderful !
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such a fantastic little city, i visited a few times when i lived in Bath a few years ago. Now if I want to visit i either have to look at your photos or watch hot fuzz!
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wow, this is one classic example of an English town.
thanks a lot for the photo tour which I really enjoyed.
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Old February 21st, 2012, 04:28 PM   #16
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such a fantastic little city, i visited a few times when i lived in Bath a few years ago. Now if I want to visit i either have to look at your photos or watch hot fuzz!
It is isn't it. Haha, yes there is a plaque on the wall of the pub overlooking Mrket Square noting that film. I didn't realise at the time of watching it.

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thanks a lot for the photo tour which I really enjoyed.
Thanks for the compliment mate. More to come.
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Here is a brief update to help get to the next page, showing the Bishop's Palace.

It is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. Part of the buildings are still used as a residence by the current bishop, however much of the palace is now used for public functions. The palace was used as a location for some of the scenes in the 2007 film Hot Fuzz.





























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Old February 24th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #19
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Any thoughts, comments or questions before the next lot come up?
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indeed, an old charming English town.
there is that distict characteristic of the old English architecture.
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