The City of Wells changes so quickly … with shops and pubs closing and new shops starting. Many of these places still hold vivid memories for people today.

Do you remember … Mac Fisheries ButtonsVowles the Chemist …. DixonsCreases … in Wells?

Do you remember … The Piccadilly InnKing Charles Parlour …. Easton Inn … in and around Wells?

I have collected as much information as I can find from censuses, books, travel guides, deeds etc. but, to add to the information, we now need your help …. Please add comments or email me any corrections, information, memories and photographs you have of these places


Nikki (nikki@nikoko.co.uk)

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2 Broad Street

1935 Lewis Beer.Jr., confectioner
1931 Margaret Trudgian, confectioner
1910 to 1923 Herbert S. Trudgian, confectioner

1906 Chas. E. Parker, draper
1895 Hooper and son, naturalists

“Trudgian and Beer are part of my family history. Herbert Trudgian was a son of William and Matilda Trudgian who had a shoe repair shop at no 1 Mill Lane in 1889, later William had a shop at No 3 Broad St in 1894” – thanks to Valerie Collymore for this information (see comment bleow)

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West Horrington – Victoria Arms

Bath Road Victoria Arms (near Slab House)
1901 and 1891 George Hill

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West Horrington – Slab House

The Slab House was originally named during the time of the Black Death, when a 3 mile quarantine limit was imposed around Wells. Cautious farmers and traders would leave food, drink & other produce on a large slab outside the Inn for locals to come & collect.
1901 Thomas James
1891 Richard James

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Croscombe – George Inn

George Inn 17th century coaching inn

Charles Welch was at the ‘George’, Croscombe. In 1830, William Hodges was at the ‘George’, Croscombe, while Eliza at Bull Terrier

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Croscombe – Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier (originally the Rose and Crown)

1830 Elizabeth Hodges was at the ‘Rose and Crown’, Croscombe
The main building follows the traditional pattern of a mediaeval house and was rebuilt in the last part of the 15th century. The Inglenook bar – once the Main Hall – had fireplace and ceiling added in the 16th century and the fine beams are original.
‘The Rose and Crown’ was first granted a licence to sell ale in 1612 and can truly claim to be one of Somerset’s oldest pubs.

1841 Robert Young (from Trade directory via Martin)
1851 Robert Strickland was innkeeper at the ‘Rose & Crown’,

In 1976 the name was changed to ‘The Bull Terrier’

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Dulcote – White Horse

White Horse

1914 Sarah Pointing, White Horse
1913 Sarah Pointing (owner/operator)
1891 Richard Pointing
1889 Richard Pointing
1881 Annie Poole
1861 Ann Churchouse
1851 William Churchouse
1841 William Tanner (publican); William Churchouse (beerhouse keeper)
1784 William GIllard
1741 John Champion (implied only by court record)
1696 John West (also rented west mill)
The first record of a village alehouse in Dulcote is in 1696, when John West an “inn-holder” of Wells leased the ale house beside the west mill


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Coxley – Rising Sun

Stopper’s Lane – Rising Sun
1871 George Cornsell

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Coxley – Horse and Jockey Inn

Coxley – Horse and Jockey Inn

I think this was a 15th century inn that closed after 1960
1960 M Crosby
1901 – 1881 William Baker

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Coxley Pound Inn

Coxley Pound Inn

1960 AE Salmon
1881 and 1871 Charles Hall, Innkeeper, Pound Inn

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Lower Godney – Sheppey Inn

2008 Sheppey Inn

Dating from 1807

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