Wells: A Fair Place - Richard GreenBristol: Redcliffe Press, 2001, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour plates;
From the cover: “The city of Wells has a long and illustrious history. Its cathedral is among the very finest in Europe, in a setting which makes the city one of the most beautiful in the country.
Wells’s first royal charter, granted by King John, dates from 1201 and in this book Richard Green charts the remarkable, often turbulent, story of the centuries of fairs and markets against the changing fortunes of the city itself.
We catch a flavour of the bustle of the medieval fairs and markets, down to the entertainments of the nineteenth century and on to the present day. Celebrated here are great showmen families such as the Coles, the Stokes and above all the Heals. It is also a story of controversy, with constant threats to the future of the fairs in their historic Market Place setting: a conflict now happily resolved, as Wells celebrates the 800th anniversary of King John’s charter.
There are many archive photographs of the personalities, like the noted ‘Chocolate Kings’ of the 1930s, and the fairground apparatus — the Venetian Gondolas, Marenghi organs and the ever popular Dodgems — that have for so long contributed to this colourful scene.”