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Wellfield Customers 1960/70


Wellfield Hotel customers 1963
Photo: Keith
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Item #: 19012
A photo of customers in January 1963, at the "Buffet" end of the pub as opposed to the "Vault" end. I recognise practically all of the faces but sadly with the passage of time I can only name two. Here they are 6th and 7th, counting in from left to right, Harry Payne and Arthur? Williams respectively. The Wellfield was a large pub with sizeable rooms, three at one end, two at the other, with quite busy passages at both ends and an active outdoor section.

Comment by: irene roberts on 27th November 2011 at 15:58

A lovely photo of a different time, when people of all ages could go for a drink and a social night out in their local pub without having to listen to foul language; it was nipped sharply in the bud then by the landlord, and most people wouldn't have dreamt of using it anyway. A lovely, happy picture.

Comment by: margaret s on 27th November 2011 at 16:33

hi Keith hope you and the boss are well.just looking at the photo the fourth person from the left could be Alan Holland from fir grove he use to live next door but two from me.

Comment by: Keith on 27th November 2011 at 18:07

I've been "away" for the last 40+ years (from the pub trade) and the point you make Irene really made me think. Perhaps a large percentage of our customers had already experienced the privations of the thirties, not to mention a World War, in some cases two, rationing etc., they really knew what was of value in this world.
Margaret s, thank you for asking we're well and feeling very fortunate to have at long last become grandparents, he's named after my late father, Jack Bowen. Two of our three sons are due to marry next year and yes, Alan Holland is a name I can remember now you mention it - hope you are well.

Comment by: aggi on 29th November 2011 at 21:06

lovely to see this photo as harry payne was my granddad.. i am his eldest grandchild. he loved is wellfield

Comment by: Keith on 30th November 2011 at 18:15

Hi aggi, I remember Harry very well, he was a lovely man, rarely seen without a smile on his face.

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