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The Well House About 35 Metres North of the Bishop's Palace

A Grade I Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2099 / 51°12'35"N

Longitude: -2.6423 / 2°38'32"W

OS Eastings: 355227

OS Northings: 145824

OS Grid: ST552458

Mapcode National: GBR MN.44DB

Mapcode Global: VH89S.4VZD

Plus Code: 9C3V6955+W3

Entry Name: The Well House About 35 Metres North of the Bishop's Palace

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1382877

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483263

Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Wells

Built-Up Area: Wells

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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662-1/7/8 The Well House, about 35 metres
12/11/53 north of the Bishop's Palace
(Formerly Listed as:
(including....Well-house in grounds))


Well house. 1451, for Bishop Bekynton. Doulting ashlar stone,
pyramidal Welsh slate roof with large stone crowning features
(possibly former outlet for chimney). Square on plan.
EXTERIOR: single-storey, single bay. Plinth, angled corner
buttresses, eaves moulding. One small 2-light transomd window
to east, south and west faces, having 2-centre arched lights
cinquefoil cusped, with incised spandrels, deep square labels
with plain stops. North face has a moulded 4-centre arched
doorway with label, plain boarded door.
INTERIOR: a plain plastered shallow domical vault ceiling,
stone flag floor with large square hole in centre, over well.
Small plain fireplace in north-west corner.
The well-house provided originally by Bekynton as a conduit
for the citizens, in the Market Place, later moved to its
present location N of the Palace. The supply of water from the
wells to the town has been an important privilege since the
early middle ages.
(Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: a History: Shepton Mallet:
1982-: 238).

Listing NGR: ST5522745824

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