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Latitude: 51.2093 / 51°12'33"N
Longitude: -2.6457 / 2°38'44"W
OS Eastings: 354994
OS Northings: 145763
OS Grid: ST549457
Mapcode National: GBR MN.43JX
Mapcode Global: VH89S.3V6T
Plus Code: 9C3V6953+PP
Entry Name: The Market Cross
Listing Date: 12 November 1953
Last Amended: 31 May 2000
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1383027
English Heritage Legacy ID: 483445
Location: Wells, Mendip, Somerset, BA5
Civil Parish: Wells
Built-Up Area: Wells
Traditional County: Somerset
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset
Tagged with: Market cross
ST5445 MARKET PLACE
662-1/7/164 (West side)
12/11/53 The Market Cross
(Formerly Listed as:
Market cross with fountain. c1797 by Harcourt Masters of Bath.
Limestone. Triangular-plan monument in Gothic style with
classical base, set in a circular pool. Rusticated base with
frosted rustication to corner shafts, the NW and SW faces
having pointed-arched recesses with former outlets for water;
the E face has a cascade.
Ogee-arched openings with flower carvings to architraves to
central block above, framed by 5-shafted columns with foliate
capitals and surmounted by finials with frosted rustication.
Centre section is crowned by a shallow coved cornice with
similar flower-type carvings, and frosted rustication finials
to corners and to ogee-domed top. Pool is surrounded by wall
with chamfered plinth and moulded coping; the pool is breached
by a platform on the NW and SW faces.
HISTORICAL NOTE: this replaced Bishop Becknynton's conduit
which was demolished in 1796, and was gravity fed by a pump
house in the garden of the Bishop's Palace (qv). It cost »150
(Serel T: The History of Wells, published lecture of
Listing NGR: ST5499645765
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