1964 Somerset

147. Somerset 1964

Hello – Welcome to WDEOD, a site full of Doris’ photographs!

Its purpose is to share the shots she took in her 50+ years of travel. I’m trying to do a post a film – so one tour may have many posts.
To see what I’ve put up so far, use the menu (three lines up there ↑ if you are on a phone or tablet) to go to a place or a year.

These slides take in Wells, Porlock and Winsford. I’ve added a couple of my own from when we visited Wells in May 2017.

They form one part of a ternion of films. The other two are here and here (add links Chris).

Wells

The City of Wells is a small, quiet place and well worth a visit. The Cathedral is magnificent and the little streets amazing.

Not much has changed there since Doris took this shots in 1964 and probably for a much longer time.

01 1964 Somerset Wells
1964 Somerset Wells
04 1964 Entrance to Bishop's Palace Wells Somerset
1964 Entrance to Bishop’s Palace Wells Somerset
05 1964 Bishop's Palace Wells Somerset
1964 Bishop’s Palace Wells Somerset
07 1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral
1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral

My youngest had a couple of job interviews, both in the West Country, a week or so apart. We decided to make it into a mini-holiday and visited Plymouth, Ashburton, Exeter, Tiverton, Wells and Glastonbury. I had put copies of Doris’ Exeter and Tiverton shots (from ~1970) on the iPad, so that I could do a ‘now and then’ comparison. However I did not realise she had visited Wells but it looks like we took very similar shots! Below is one of mine.

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2017 Somerset Wells Cathedral
08 1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral
1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral

This is on the North (?) side of the Cathedral as you walk up to a beautiful medieval street.

06 1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral
1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral

And in 2017

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2017 Somerset Wells Cathedral
09 1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral
1964 Somerset Wells Cathedral

Porlock and Porlock Beach

I’m not sure if Doris visited Nether Stowey, which is where Tennyson was writing Kubla Khan when interrupted by ‘a person from Porlock’.

12 1964 Somerset
1964 Somerset

Although the Ship, a thirteenth century inn, is still there, the house opposite has either gone or lost its thatch and the cottages in between have been replaced.

13 1964 Somerset Porlock Hill
1964 Somerset Porlock Hill

Then down to the sea.

14 1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
15 1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
16 1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
17 1964 Somerset Porlock Beach
1964 Somerset Porlock Beach

Winsford

Ernest Bevin, the Labour politician was born and spent the first eight years of his life here.

19 1964 Somerset Winsford Somerset Ernest Bevin birthplace
1964 Somerset Winsford Somerset Ernest Bevin birthplace

Which means he didn’t frequent here – the local, The Royal Oak, Exmoor.

20 1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
21 1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
22 1964 Somerset St Mary Magdalene, Winsford
1964 Somerset St Mary Magdalene, Winsford
23 1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak

Same shot – but without the vicar.

24 1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak
1964 Somerset Winsford Royal Oak

I assume this is a crossing over the Exe or Winn Brook – maybe the one that gave the village’s name.

25 1964 Somerset near Winsford
1964 Somerset near Winsford
26 1964 Somerset
1964 Somerset near Winsford

 

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