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|Holidays in Wells-next-the-Sea Norfolk|
|OS Grid: TF 910430||Approx 2.5m 4.1km From the Coast|
|Latitude: 52° 57' 00"|
|Longitude:0° 50' 36"|
|Latitude: 52.95||Select another Norfolk Location:||View Google Map|
A visitors guide to the North Norfolk coastal town of Wells-next-the-Sea. A fascinating jumble of buildings many colour washed wind down to meet the harbour of this small popular seaside town. Its quirky interesting history reflects the salty character of its local people.
The picturesque quayside and waterfront is
still very much a working port with whelk and shrimp boats berthed
in this small harbour. For holiday accommodation in
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At the quayside are stalls selling locally caught
mussels, dressed crabs, cockles and samphire. Or you can partake of
a portion of fish and chips whilst overlooking the harbour and
checking to see if any of the small children and lets be honest,
adults as well, have managed to catch any crabs on their baited
lines along the harbour wall.
Back in the centre of the town is the Butlands a
large rectangular green lined with late Georgian and Victorian
houses as well as an inn and hotel. The Butlands is where
locals in medieval days used to practice their archery. Nowadays,
the green is traditionally where the towns fetes carnivals and
bonfires are held.
In 1970 a Miss May Savidge moved from Ware in Hertfordshire to Wells, which in itself may not sound that extraordinary, particularly given the pretty location of Wells town. However, Miss Savidge brought with her, her own house from Ware, which she had dismantled brick by brick and then had reassembled in its new location.
In the floods of 1953 and 1978 the
embankment was breached and the marshes flooded. You can see these
high tide marks on the wall opposite the harbour. In 1978 a heavy
tide deposited a large ship in the middle of the streets, much to
the embarrassment of its owners
The name of Wells is derived from the fact that it used to tap the springs of fresh water held by the underlying chalk on which Wells is built. The addition of 'next-the-Sea' was to distinguish the town from other places in Norfolk of the same name. It was known as Wells-next-the-Sea in the early 1800's but with the coming of the railway in 1857the name 'Wells-on -Sea' seems to have been used. The town council made the decision in 1956 that the name 'Wells-next-the-Sea' be adopted, and this has been used since then.