Wells  Somerset


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Wells like this:

Wells, mun. bor. and ancient city, Somerset, at foot of Mendip hills, 6 miles NE. of Glastonbury and 19 SW. of Bath by rail, 726 ac., pop. 4634; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Wells took its name from the numerous springs in the vicinity. It originated in a collegiate church founded in 704. ...

The diocese of Bath and Wells comprehends all Somerset except Bedminster. The cathedral and the Episcopal palace are at Wells. The cathedral is a magnificent structure, in the Early English style. The Episcopal palace is a castellated building of ancient date, surrounded by a wall and moat. Wells has breweries, flour and paper mills, and brush manufactories, but its trade is principally agricultural. It was first chartered by King John, and was made a mun. bor. by Queen Elizabeth; it returned 2 members to Parliament from the time of Edward I. until 1867-1868.

Wells through time

Wells is now part of Mendip district. Click here for graphs and data of how Mendip has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Wells itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wells, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th May 2024

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