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The Bishop's Chapel and the Bishop's Palace

A Grade I Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2091 / 51°12'32"N

Longitude: -2.6426 / 2°38'33"W

OS Eastings: 355208

OS Northings: 145735

OS Grid: ST552457

Mapcode National: GBR MN.44BF

Mapcode Global: VH89S.4WT0

Plus Code: 9C3V6954+JX

Entry Name: The Bishop's Chapel and the Bishop's Palace

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382874

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483260

Location: Bishops Palace, Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Wells

Built-Up Area: Wells

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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662-1/7/5 The Bishop's Chapel, The Bishop's
12/11/53 Palace
(Formerly Listed as:
The Bishop's Palace


Private chapel in Bishop's Palace. 1275-92 built for Bishop
Burnell. Local stone rubble roughly coursed, Doulting stone
dressings, shallow pitched roof behind parapet.
EXTERIOR: single storey, 3 bays, set at right angles to, and
on the south west corner of, the Bishop's Palace (qv). Plinth,
offsets under main windows, parapet string and crenellated
parapet, corner turrets, those on north side square, but the
south-west corner octagonal on plan. Wide west elevation has
semicircular arched doorway with trefoil inner arch, with
Purbeck stone colonettes over a pair of C19 plank doors with
decorative iron straps. Above is a segmental pointed-arched
window with arched label and 5 cusped lights, in the gable a
sexfoil vent. Stair light in corner turrets, arched doorway in
south-west corner. Arched openings in parapet.
East elevation has a large pointed segmental-headed window
with six lights in groups of 3 with interlaced tracery, and a
central octofoil, all under a moulded drip with stops. Each
side has 3 windows with geometric Decorated tracery.
INTERIOR: a single undivided space with lierne vault, having
naturalistic foliage to bosses, on triple shafts to C19 carved
corbel heads, and with paired shafts to window reveals. Stone
floor. The rere-arch to the W door is cusped. Reredos in 5
bays with blank 2-light openings with quatrefoils, below the
main sill. Sedilia and piscina, restored by Buckler, 1834,
with Purbeck shafts and cusped arches. Windows with mainly C19
grisaille, but some medieval glass fragments to tracery
lights. Fittings are C20: the W returns to the stalls have a
coved cresting carried on slender paired colonnettes.
This chapel is an important element in the development of the
Decorated Style in the late C13.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol:
London: 1958-: 314; Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: A History:
Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 227-244; Bony J: The English Decorated
Style: London: 1979-: PASSIM).

Listing NGR: ST5520745735

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