9 Market Place

In September 1685, a series of trials known as the Bloody Assizes took place against those who had joined the Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion against King James II. In Wells, Judge Jeffreys tried 542 people of whom 383 were sent to the West Indies as punishment, to work as indentured convicts alongside enslaved Africans.

Bloody Assizes blue plaque)

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