Wellington Bicentenery: a Somerset Perspective

This coming Saturday, 9th May, Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (SANHS), in co-operation with the Museum and the National Trust, is holding a day of talks and walks in Wellington, concentrating on the local interest in the battle (eg how many Wellington and Somerset people were involved), the extent of the Duke of Wellington’s interest in the town, what the town was like in 1815 and of course the Monument. The day runs from 9.30am – 5pm at the Community Centre in White Hart Lane. Tickets are £5 (make your own lunch arrangements) available from the SANHS office (tel. 01823 272429 or email or on the door on the day.  In the afternoon, there is a choice of a walk round Wellington or a walk round the Wellington Monument. 

Medieval Archaeological Finds go on display at Wellington Museum

A number of artefacts found on the site of a medieval building complex just outside Wellington, have gone on display at Wellington Museum.  This follows archaeological work, carried out last year by Wessex Archaeology on behalf of Bloor Homes at the Longforth Farm housing development.

The items include floor tiles, which would have been used to create a highly decorative floor surface, glazed ceramic roof ridge tiles and pieces of pottery.  The items are clearly from a structure that was built to show off power, status and wealth.  Also on display are a number of information panels, explaining the background to the complex. During the archaeological work, extensive engagement took place with the local community, which saw workshops with schools, tours of the site for local historical groups and a community open day, attended by over 1400 people.

Research so far has been unable to find out who owned the building complex or any records relating specifically to it.  One possibility is that it belonged to the Provost of Wells Cathedral, and was perhaps largely abandoned in the 14th century when the Bishops may have established their court within the nearby and then relatively new market town of Wellington.  

More artefacts are on display at the Bloor Homes show home at the Longforth Farm development, Taunton Road, Wellington, TA21 9HG.

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