Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

WELLS BISHOPS PALACE


WELLS BISHOPS PALACE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

A fortified and moated Bishop's palace constructed in 1285. The waters of St. Andrew's Spring were used to make a wide moat to surround a wall with towers at the four corners. There was one entrance protected by a strong gatehouse made from two octagonal towers. These buildings are now in ruins after a Bishop in the 1550's sold the lead from the roofs. New buildings were added later to make the palace a residence for the bishop again.

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Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
In the centre of Wells, near the cathedral
Market Place, Wells BA5 2PD

 



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