Wells-next-the-sea, a Norfolk port in busier times

02:08PM GMT - Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Contributed by: Tony Bunting

You may well have already seen the photograph of Wells in 1933 in the Times newspaper last week (Thursday January 8 2009 - page 63). It was originally published in the Times on 8 November 1933 and shows the quayside at Wells-next-the-sea when sugarbeet still left the quay for Yorkshire. If you have not seen it already try and look at a copy of the Times in your local library.

 The Times, of course, publishes an historic photograph from the Times Archive every day but not many are as interesting to the descendants of Buntings from Wells so I thought I would bring it to your attention.

The Times Archive can be accessed on line for a fee although accessing the index on-line is free. If you do try and access anything in the archive and get a no hits response do not despair. Remove the subject you typed into the search line from the search line and go to the refine results line where you will see your subject repeated in blue. Click on this subject and you should get the index . Try it for 8 November 1933 with a subject of Wells-next-the-sea. But as I said earlier in order to get from index entry to the article you have to pay a subscription so a trip to the local library before they dispose of the 8 January 2009 edition of the Times may be in order. The Times archive can, of course, also be viewed at the British Library in Hendon where a readers pass is free as is carparking in their very small car park. 

Cheers Tony

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