LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN A COUNTRY TOWN: EVERYDAY LIFE IN WOTTON-UNDER-EDGE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND, UK, 1944
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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".