was set up in October 1996. The Group's activities are twofold:

1. Monthly meetings, with Speakers.

2. The collection of historical material connected with Wells -next-the-Sea and the surrounding area.

A Newsletter is distributed to members several times a year.

The Meetings.

These are arranged for the first Wednesday of each month from October to May and are held at 7.30 p.m. in the W.I. Hall, behind the Y.M.C.A. centre on Church Plain, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

[visits to special places of interest may be arranged in the Summer break.]

Speakers are chosen from a wide range of professional and personal interests, some of them local residents, and in the past these have provided some very stimulating talks. Meetings have been well-attended by our members [who now number in the region of 100], together with their guests and other visitors to the town.

Collection of historical material with regard to Wells-next-the-Sea.

Our long-term intention is to collect artefacts, memorabilia and records which we hope, eventually, to put on permanent display. So far, four Special Interest groups have been set up, whose aims are as follows:

  1. The Oral History group - to capture on tape both the past as it is remembered by older inhabitants, and the present.
  2. The Walk-round Guide group - to look at the history of buildings and other places in Wells with the eventual intention of publishing booklets for the interest of both visitors and residents alike.
  3. Genealogy - to help those interested in tracing their family histories.

NOTE:- The Group now has the Wells Parish records from 1550 to 1950 in its possession as well as census records for the period 1793 to 1911.
  A combined Surname index of church records and census is now onliner for rapid scanning. The link is:-


Detailed information consisting of separate files for Baptism, Marriage, Burials and
Census files for 1793, 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 is available at:-


  36 Trade Directories for Wells Next The Sea from 1795 to 1937 have been digitised and uploaded to the internet and are available for download.
Whites Trade Directories for 1845, 1864,  1890 and 1925 has been likewise digitised but this time for surrounding villages of Wells. The link is

Further Special Interest groups are envisaged for the future

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION:£10 p.a. [ couples £15 ] MEETINGS: Members £1  Guests,Visitors £3.50

Please note that subscriptions are due annually on lst October.

Tel.Contacts: Chairman -   Mike Welland 01328 316021      Secretary - Keith Leesmith  01328 710261 (email keith@leesmith.co.uk)

Page 2. Diary of meetings

Recent History Group Publications



JOHN FRYER GRAVE - Discovery and Laying of New Grave Stone

History of Wells Lifeboat

Past copies of the Newsletters of the Wells Local History Group are available for download here

Updated 22Jan2018