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Our very own ‘Blue Plaque’

Thanks to sterling work by the Wells Civic Society, our hotel is now adorned with its very own blue plaque.

Over the past 600 years many famous (and infamous) people have frequented our premises. Guests have ranged from royalty to writers and from politicians to pop stars, so when Phillip Welch of the Wells Civic Society asked if we would like to share some of our history on a blue plaque, the hardest decision was determining who to include!

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Our Blue Plaque Hall of Fame

After much consternation (and apologies to the lengthy list of omissions) the people that were finally chosen to adorn our blue plaque were;

Henry VII – King of England from 1485 until his death in 1509. Having defeated Richard III’s forces at the Battle of Bosworth Field, Henry was crowned King.    

Prime Minister James Ramsey MacDonald – British statesman and the first Labour Party Prime Minister.

Sir Winston Churchill – Twice Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize winner, writer, British Army officer, first honorary citizen of America and one of the most famous orators in history.

George Bernard Shaw – Irish playwright and critic whose influence on Western theatre, culture and politics started in the 1880s and can still be felt today.

Anne of Denmark – Daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark. During her life Anne was married to King James VI and King James I. She was Queen consort of Scotland, England and Ireland.

More Blue Plaques for Wells

The blue plaque at the front of the hotel is the first of 6 that are to be erected in Wells. The support of Wells Civic Society and Wells Rotary Club has been vital in getting our blue plaque installed (altering the appearance of a 15th century listed building is never easy). 

We wish them the very best of luck with this project and hope that future visitors to the city will be interested to discover some of the famous people who have stayed or been brought up in Wells.