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Vicars' Close ~ Wells

With 2 PiPs.

On 30 December 1348, Bishop Ralph made over to the vicars ‘the dwellings newly built and to be erected for the use of the vicars’. The houses were built in two rows running north from the Hall, and were completed by the time of Bishop Ralph’s death in 1363. The quadrangle was finally completed with the building of the Chapel at the north end in the early fifteenth century.

The towering chimney shafts, which are such a delightful feature of the Close, were built to extend the original chimneys possibly because the Vicars were beginning to burn coal instead of wood and taller chimneys were needed to carry away the more pungent smoke.
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44 comments

Amelia Heath said:

It really is a lovely place, Rosa. We really enjoyed our visit there last year.
5 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Amelia Heath:

I am pleased you enjoyed it Amelia. I think most of the cottages are occupied by music teachers at the Cathedral School. I heard someone playing the piano very competently.
5 weeks ago

Joe, Son of the Rock said:

I love the perspective, Rosa; especially the diminishing sizes of the receding chimneys. Cheers, Joe
5 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Joe, Son of the Rock:

Thank you Joe. It is a charming and unique street. Cheers, Rosa.
5 weeks ago

Andy Rodker said:

Interesting year 1348 - at the height of the Black Death. I'm surprised they got built at all!
Another fine shot of the Close, Rosa!
5 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Andy Rodker:

It does say in the history of this street that the black death was raging and more than one vicar succumbed to it. Not only did it get built but it has lasted so long in such a good condition, I am very pleased to say.
5 weeks ago

Ulrich John said:

Fine perspective, interesting architecture and text ! Fine picture, Rosa !
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Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Ulrich John:

Thank you very much Ulrich.
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Pat Del said:

Extraordinary the height of the chimneys of this historic group !
5 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Pat Del:

They are very high Pat. That's what makes them so unique as a street I think.
5 weeks ago

Doug Shepherd said:

They certainly knew how to look after themselves in the church! I'm fascinated by the height of the chimneys, they make the perspective stand out so well - great image Rosa.

Best regards, Doug
5 weeks ago

Rosalyn Hilborne replied to Doug Shepherd:

This is taken from their website Doug, which I will add to the description ~ Down in the Close itself, the towering chimney shafts, which are such a delightful feature of the Close, were built to extend the original chimneys possibly because the Vicars were beginning to burn coal instead of wood and taller chimneys were needed to carry away the more pungent smoke. ~ Thank you very much for your great comments.

Best regards, Rosa.
5 weeks ago

John Goodwin said:

Nice shot, and PiPs..Rosa, Very interesting info.
5 weeks ago

Jean said:

Beautiful.
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neira-Dan said:

une belle architecture !!
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