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With thanks to Mike Welland & the publication
      The History of the Inns & Public Houses of Wells      

Published June 2012           ISBN 978-0-9569167-2-3


In April 1909 the population was given as 2,094 with 18 full licenses and 2 Grocers' licenses. It was proposed to remove 5 full licenses.


 On the night of 17th March 1786, the His Majesty's Store-house at Wells was broken into. Some Persons unknown carried away four Casks of Brandy and Geneva, a Quantity of Tea and seventeen East India Handkerchiefs. The Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs offered a Reward of Twenty Pounds to any Person or Persons who would Apprehend or Discover any of the Parties concerned in the Burglary.    See HOLT.

On the 15th August 1789, some Person or Persons entered His Majesty's Warehouse by use of false keys. About Eight Gallons of Foreign Brandy were stolen. It was suspected that the culprits were also responsible for the unusual decrease, noted during the course of the Summer, in some Casks of Brandy and Geneva.
Another reward of Twenty Pounds was offered.