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   FEATURE • WELLS 45
      Polly Gamble, 29, is a fixture on Wells market selling vintage jewellery alongside her mum and grandma, Helen Gold and Patricia Edward, who have been selling china, glass and silverware on the market for the past 30 years.
  Matthew Chapman has won a string of awards for his scotch eggs and smoked products after he and his wife Annabelle left their city life in Bristol to start The Somerset Smokehouse at Pear Tree Farm just outside Glastonbury
Austin Fitzpatrick has rapidly built up a loyal following for his vegan falafels made from recipes he picked up while living in Beirut
Blue plaque in Wells Market Place citing the ancient market hall as the site of one of the trials by the notorious “Hanging Judge”
   FACTS & FIGURES
l Market Days: Wednesday and Saturday
l Market Rent: £25 and £27 for a stall or gazebo on
Wednesdays, £27 and £29 on Saturdays
l Wells’ claim to fame: An ancient cathedral city in the heart of rural Somerset, Wells boasts an abundance of picturesque, historic buildings and revels in its status and the country’s second smallest city after the City of London. Its early prosperity was from wool and cloth manufacture but it is now a popular tourist town thanks to its quaintness, its rich history and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
 antiques and collectibles on the market for 30 years and Polly was only too happy to join them with her vintage jewellery business, Polly Victoria, after graduating in costumer design.
“I have been going for seven years and I love it. The business is going from strength
to strength,” she said. Wells Market has come a
long way in recent years, but the council is determined to retain the high standards that make it a flagship market and it continues to be a main attraction in this corner of rural Somerset every Wednesday and Saturday.
Janet Jackson (left), who sells hats among other things, has been trading on Wells market for more than 40 years, longer than anyone else. She is pictured with Pearl Davis who has been running a cheese and deli stall on the market for 23 years
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