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Wells Civic Society has played a key part in a national research project

looking at housing growth in historic cities.

Following extensive research carried out in twelve cathedral cities and towns throughout England, including Wells, the final report “Towards a Better Balance between Heritage and Growth” has been launched. This report is available through the “Balancing Heritage and Growth” link below.

Explore the people and places of Wells!

Follow the Plaques Trail  and see how many you can locate.

Download the new trail leaflet, and read all about it.

Click on any of the images to learn about the different aspects of the Society's activities


Balancing Heritage

and Growth

Wells is the smallest city in England with its magnificent 13th century Cathedral, and a largely unspoilt mediaeval centre. It has 25 Grade I, and over 300 Grade II listed buildings, as well as two Grade 2* Historic Parks and two Ancient Scheduled Monuments. A great deal to be proud of and a lot to enjoy and protect.


The Civic Society was founded in 1952, bringing together people who care about Wells, its history and its future.


Through projects, talks, visits and working in partnership with other organisations in Wells, it is a voice for the City’s inhabitants, aiming to preserve the best of the City’s past, to celebrate the present and to shape the future.


In line with its aims and objectives, the Society also works with councils, planners, builders and developers to help protect the City’s environment and built heritage, and to promote the highest standards in developments to reflect the unique character of the city.

Do you want your voice heard in shaping the future for Wells? Then please lend your support and join us; the larger the membership, then the louder the Society's voice will be heard.

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