Local Government in a Country Town- Everyday Life in Wotton-under-edge, Gloucestershire, England, UK, 1944. A three-quarter-length portrait of Mr L Allen, Town Crier of Wotton-under-Edge, as he stands in his uniform beside the Town Hall with his bell and mace.
Mr Allen is a chimneysweep by profession, and was in the Royal Marines. The original caption states that "this uniform, the bell...the mace...and the Town Hall...are the only visible remains of what was once the Borough, Mayor and Corporation and all its adjuncts. The bell he is not allowed to ring in Wartime; the mace is kept locked up in the safe of the Bank. In place of the Mayor and Corporation, Wotton now has a Town Trust in whom are vested certain land and properties including the Town Hall".
Author: Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer, Stone Richard. Permission: (Reusing this file) This photograph was scanned and released by the Imperial War Museum on the IWM Non Commercial Licence. The image was catalogued by the IWM as created for the Ministry of Information, which was dissolved in 1946. Consequently the image and faithful reproductions are considered Crown Copyright, now expired.
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Part of Ministry of Information Second World War Official Collection. Subjects: Associated places. Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, UK. Associated events. Home Front, UK, Second World War. Associated themes. British Home Front 1939-1945. Associated keywords. Civilians, Communications, Daily Life, Government, local, Towns and Cities.