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Wells Hill, Radstock

On the Fosse Way

An early picture of Wells Hill, c1905-10, with two ladies and a horse & cart. About 1912 showing the bus to Bath and a knife grinder who has set up his cart near the recently planted “Jubilee Oak”. Again about 1912 with a horse & cart being loaded or unloaded outside the Co-op shop. About 1920 with several men on bicycles heading up the hill and a pony & trap outside the Co-op. A more recent scene from the 1990s showing the now-removed Jubilee Oak. The Jubilee Oak and finger post have gone and been replaced by a mimi-roundabout and traffic islands.

Radstock has been settled since the Iron Age in Britain though it really started to gain significance under Roman occupation.

The Roman built the Fosse Way, now part of the A367, linking Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) to Lincoln (Lindum Colonia) via Bath.

In 1763, coal was discovered in the area and the town really took off.

Productivity declined and by 1973 all the pits were closed. 

Today Radstock feeds the busy cities of Bath and Bristol with workers and tends its famous Orchid collection, held at the Writhlington School. 

 

Images: Radstock Museum – WellsHill1, WellsHill2, WellsHill3, WellsHill4, WellsHill5

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