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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Photo a day...3rd April.

When we visited Wells I was determined to visit Vicars' Close which is just behind the Cathedral. It is the oldest planned street in Europe!
To read up about it look here
http://www.wells-uk.com/local_history.php

I love the symmetry of the buildings, the peace of the close with no through traffic or car parking, and the feeling of history there.

At this link http://www.somersetbed.co.uk/attractions.html
it says
Vicars Close, just off Cathedral Green, Wells, dates from the early 15th century and is often said to be the best preserved medieval street in Europe. It has changed little over the centuries. The tall chimneys were added in 1465. Vicars Close was built to provide homes for the Cathedral's vicars and even today it is occupied by those working for the Bishop of Bath and Wells.
At the end furthest from the Cathedral is a small chapel. It is interesting to note that the width of Vicars Close narrows as it heads up to this chapel - from approximately 65 feet wide at the entrance to just 56 feet wide by the chapel. A stroll along the cobbled street of Vicars Close is a real delight.
This one in the top left hand corner can be rented as a holiday home.
One for the front Door Photo collectors!
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4 Comments:

At 4/4/07 12:48 am, Blogger Sheila said...

What an interesting place. I'd love a stroll along here. These houses are wonderful, and in good condition..
Thanks for showing us this ..!

 
At 4/4/07 7:47 am, Blogger RUTH said...

Looks a wonderful place to visit.

 
At 5/4/07 6:27 am, Anonymous Allotment Lady said...

I adore Wells, Pat took me to visit it, and we went into the Cathedral. So thank you so much for my trip down memory lane - we walked all these places, and there was music coming out of the windows along this road.

 
At 5/4/07 6:28 am, Anonymous Allotment Lady said...

I forgot to add - it was Vicars Close where we stood and listened to the music.

 

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