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Towns & Small Cities of England & Wales

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Welcome to this new thread where I will showcase my photos from towns and small cities (where I haven't taken enough photos to warrant their own thread) around England and Wales.
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Wells
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This is the first anomaly - technically a city that is no larger than a small market town. These photos were taken on Tuesday 6th August 2013. Wells is a cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, 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.

The cathedral and the associated religious and architectural history have made Wells a tourist destination, which provides much of the employment. The city has a variety of sporting and cultural activities and houses several schools including The Blue School, a state coeducational comprehensive school originally founded in 1641 (and became commonly known as the Blue School by 1654) and the independent Wells Cathedral School, which was founded in 909 and is one of the five established musical schools for school-age children in Britain. The historic architecture of the city has also been used as a location for several films and television programmes.

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells





































As much as I like the picturesque nature of small town/city Britain - at this stage in my life I think I'd die of boredom if I were to live there.
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Really love those small towns; great, very nice photos Mike :cheers:
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Same here. You can see the most prevalent demographic in most of these pictures. It's great to have these places on the doorstep though. :)

As much as I like the picturesque nature of small town/city Britain - at this stage in my life I think I'd die of boredom if I were to live there.
Really love those small towns; great, very nice photos Mike :cheers:
Thanks mate! :)
charming towns.....they're neat and well preserved.
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^^ Thanks! Glad you like. :)
Reading is one city with a great mix of the Old English and contemporary architectures
while Wells retains its old English town ambience. Both have that certain charms though.
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^^ Agreed. I've always loved Wells but Reading was a definite pleasant surprise. Thanks for the comment. :)
Very nice, Britain at its best!
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Well if I had a good Job there and a good Internet connection :) I would actually prefer to live in a city like Wells than in London. In my opinion a charming surrounding and short distance to nature is more often needed than the cultural advantages of a big city. But it would be great if a bigger city is not that far away -(lets say 30 km) but it also should not be too close.

Great pictures.
As much as I like the picturesque nature of small town/city Britain - at this stage in my life I think I'd die of boredom if I were to live there.
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Thanks very much! :)

Very nice, Britain at its best!
Well if I had a good Job there and a good Internet connection :) I would actually prefer to live in a city like Wells than in London. In my opinion a charming surrounding and short distance to nature is more often needed than the cultural advantages of a big city. But it would be great if a bigger city is not that far away -(lets say 30 km) but it also should not be too close.

Great pictures.
Fair comment. Where I would prefer to live in a bigger city during my younger years, I can imagine I might prefer a place like Wells to live within a commutable distance to a larger city. In this case, Bristol is not far away but Wells does not have a train link, only bus. Glad you like the pictures. Thanks for commenting. :)
Great pictures! Love the row of chimneys!
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^^ Thanks. Vicars Close - claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with its original buildings all surviving intact in Europe. :)
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