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"WELLS, a parish, an ancient city, parliamentary and municipal borough, market, assize, session, polling, and union town, locally situated in the hundred of Wells Forum, Somersetshire, but having separate jurisdiction, 19 miles S. of Bristol, the same distance S.W of Bath, and 120 S.W. of London. It has two railway stations, viz:, on the East Somerset, and Somerset and Dorset railways. It is situated on the S. side of the Mendip hills, by which it is sheltered from the N. winds. Wells was anciently called Tethiscine, Tudingtone, Welve, Wielia, Fonticuli, &c., and derives its name from the numerous springs in the neighbourhood, and more especially from that of St. Andrew, which, rising near the bishop's palace, flows through the south-western part of the city." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


References in the British Library:
  • The City of Wells, Somerset. The official guide of the Wells City Council. [With a map.]. pp. 88. Clare, Son, & Co.: Wells, [c. 1925.]



You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wells area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Wells has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference ST540450 (Lat/Lon: 51.202295, -2.659819), Wells which are provided by:


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.

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