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Wells Civic Society

Forthcoming WCS meetings

Events are held in Wells Museum beginning at 7pm, unless otherwise stated, with refreshments available

December 13th

January 10th

February 14th

March 13th

April 10th

May 8th

June 12th

Seasonal celebration

The Bishop's Barn

Imagining an even more wonderful Wells: why not build it ourselves

The Early Economic Development of Wells from 900 to the 1400s

Shoemakers Museum - the story of Clarks

Wells Literary Festival. Past, present & future

Summer social

Jeremy Ashbee, English Heritage

Chris Charles & other self-builders

Mark Hutchinson

Rosie Martin, director of Alfred Gillet Trust

Festival team

A report on the talk by Prof. James Clark on Wells and the legacy of slavery in the West Indies is available to download


A report on the talk by Crystal Johnson on Imagining an even more wonderful Wells Vicar's Close is available to download. 


A report on the Civic Society meeting in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church of Wells on 10th May is available to download


A report on the Civic Society meeting with four Wells City Councillors on 12 April is available to download.


A report on the Wells Civic Society's hosting of one of four official consultations on the City of Wells Neighbourhood Plan is available to download.

A report on the talk by Ian Green on “Balancing Heritage and Growth” is available to download

A report on the talk by Jackson Moulding on “Sustainable Housing” is available to download.

WCS Members visit to Shepton Mallet Prison (SMP), Friday 8th July


Twenty-one of us went on a pre-arranged guided tour of the Prison on a hot sunny day.  We had a knowledgeable and engaging guide, who explained the SMP’s history (not leaving out the more gruesome parts!), some of its more notorious inmates (e.g. the Kray twins) and how it operated and changed over the three centuries since prisoners were first jailed there in 1625 up to its closure in 2013.


As well as prison tours, SMP is also often used as film set.  The best-known example is probably Paddington 2.  All 21 of us left SMP without getting banged up (or not for long) and feeling that the tour had been good value.


A few days ahead of the tour we had some drop-outs; but if at least another 15 (the minimum for a private tour) would like to go, the Civic Society could probably arrange that.

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We continue to support Wells in Mosaic by reporting Ruth’s progress on social media and in the local press, especially now that she has made significant progress during lockdown, but is now able  to open the Studio for visits (by appointment).

Work on the Neighbourhood Plan has started again and regular updates will be posted.

The programme of Plaques awarded locally continues to acknowledge places and people of note in the City.

The research project into housing growth with the Alliance of Historic Cathedral Cities and Towns (ACT) supported by Historic England is able to begin again and progress will be reported here.

For information about events or other activities or if you would like to suggest speakers or events please contact me at  or on 01749 673610 or complete the form below

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