and What Came Next
Discover the legacy of the Great War at 26 local sites
Explore the background to the post-war reconstruction era
Help contribute to our ongoing understanding of a key period in Wellington’s history
Welcome to Wellington: 1919
On June 28th 1919, the signing of the Treaty of Versailles between the Allies and Germany officially brought to an end the most tumultuous conflict in human history. Nearly nine million people served in the British armed forces during the First World War, yet less than a fifth of the population ever fought in it. Their experiences on the home front, however, proved equally influential in shaping life after the fighting ended and this is the story of what happened next in the market town of Wellington, Shropshire.
The Wellington’s War and What Came Next heritage trail booklet tells the story of post-war reconstruction in 1919. To download a copy of the publication, follow the link below.
Take an interactive tour of Wellington’s post First World War heritage, from war memorials to children’s homes and council housing.
Read about some of the main issues of 1919 and find out how they shaped the town we see today.
Stories from Wellington’s post-war reconstruction, 100 years later…
The end of the First World War brought a new generation of council houses to Wellington. However, the town was perhaps the earliest adopter of corporation-built properties in Shropshire and this is the story of their development in an era before ‘homes for heroes’ ever existed.