Historic pictures show Wells in days gone by
- Credit: Archant
Take a trip down memory lane with our wonderful photographic celebration of East Anglian life through the decades. Today we take a nostalgic look back at Wells-next-the-Sea, a picturesque port town on the North Norfolk coast.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the name Wells is thought to derive from the 180 clear spring wells which were once to be found in the town.
It has long been a thriving tourist resort, with its vast stretch of sand lined with colourful beach huts and quaint quayside where youngsters carry on the tradition of hundreds of years of fishing by dangling crabbing lines over the side into the water below. The little harbour railway which connects the beach and quay first opened in 1976 - and more than 80,000 passengers took 1.1km trip in the first two years alone.
The oldest and most traditional event in the town is the annual carnival which has long celebrated Wells rich coastal heritage, with a colourful parade and community events drawing huge crowds every summer.
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