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Boundary Walls to Numbers 14-27

A Grade I Listed Building in Wells, Somerset

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2115 / 51°12'41"N

Longitude: -2.6438 / 2°38'37"W

OS Eastings: 355125

OS Northings: 146010

OS Grid: ST551460

Mapcode National: GBR MN.3XPL

Mapcode Global: VH89S.4T53

Entry Name: Boundary Walls to Numbers 14-27

Listing Date: 12 November 1953

Last Amended: 31 May 2000

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1383200

English Heritage Legacy ID: 483618

Location: 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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Listing Text


WELLS

ST5445 VICARS' CLOSE
662-1/7/335 (West side)
12/11/53 Boundary walls to Nos 14-27
(Consecutive)
(Formerly Listed as:
VICAR'S CLOSE
Nos.1-13 AND 14-27 (Consecutive))

GV I

Walls enclosing gardens of row of houses. Mid C15, with some
C19 modifications, restored 1976-83. Local roughly squared
stone rubble with Doulting ashlar dressings. Front boundary
walls on average 4m from front of houses, with returns along
side boundaries, and with openings opposite doorways to
houses, average 1m high, with roll-top and pitched face
copings.
At the north end is a return link eastward to the Vicars
Chapel (qv). Variations are; No.15 has ashlar piers with
moulded pyramidal caps to gateway, No.16 has low ashlar walls
surmounted by wrought-iron railings having simple collared
points and urn finials to cast bracketed standards, with pair
of gates to match and piers at each end, No.17 has plain stone
coping, No.22 has a higher boundary wall and what may be an
original gateway with 4-centred gate arch having mock
crenellated top, and a timber boarded gate, and No.27 has a
sweep up to a similar stone gateway abutting part of the
Vicars Hall (qv).
These walls break up the original quadrangular form of Vicars'
Close, having been erected in response to demands from the
Vicars for gardens. They enclose the approx 140m long street,
which narrows and rises slightly towards the N end, and is
completely paved with setts. Probably each house had a raised
gateway when the walls were first constructed.
(Colchester L S: Wells Cathedral: a History: Shepton Mallet:
1982-: 212 - 225; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North
Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 319).


Listing NGR: ST5513245992

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