Wells in Somerset is an ancient cathedral city in the picturesque district of Mendip, set in the heart of rural Somerset. It is known as England’s smallest city – the 2011 census recorded a population of 10,536 (4,882 males & 5,654 females).
The beautiful city of Wells is named after the springs (or wells) which rise within the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace. The medieval lanes within the city contain original unspoilt buildings, while the water supply, granted by Bishop Bekynton to the town in 1451, still gurgles down the sides of the High Street. Wells City Council is housed in the lovely Grade II listed Town Hall, (a popular venue for weddings and events) close to the stunning moated Bishop’s Palace and iconic Wells Cathedral. Bustling markets are held twice weekly in the historic Market Place, continuing a tradition dating back nearly 900 years, to when Wells was granted weekly markets in the city’s first charter. The City of Wells is twinned with Paray-Le-Monial, France; Bad Durkheim, Germany and Fontanellato, Italy.
For more information about the history of Wells in Somerset click here or here
The Mayor of Wells (Cllr Alison Gibson) has put up a Christmas Memory Tree in the Town Hall. People can write a message or the names of loved ones on a silver bauble and give a donation of £1 which goes to the Mayor's charities.
It's proving popular so hurry up and hang your bauble on the tree.
Click here for more information.
The ‘Extra Days of Christmas’, market is perfect for shoppers across Mendip and those further afield who fancy doing that last bit of Christmas shopping in the beautiful city of Wells.
Takes place in The Market Place on 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December with 10 stalls available.
Click this link for more information about the market.