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.
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.
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:
|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. New Standing Orders should be instigated in conjuction with the secretary below
Tel.Contacts: Chairman - Bob Brownjohn 01328 710542 Secretary - Keith Leesmith 01328 710261 (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
During the 2018-2019 season it is hoped to set up an archive room in the newly refurbished maltings building.
Recent History Group Publications
Past copies of the Newsletters of the Wells Local History Group are available for download here.