BISHOP BURNELL'S GREAT HALL

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1382875

Date first listed: 12-Nov-1953

Date of most recent amendment: 31-May-2000

Statutory Address: BISHOP BURNELL'S GREAT HALL, BISHOP'S PALACE

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Location

Statutory Address: BISHOP BURNELL'S GREAT HALL, BISHOP'S PALACE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Somerset

District: Mendip (District Authority)

Parish: Wells

National Grid Reference: ST 55174 45693, ST 55207 45709

Details

WELLS

ST5445 BISHOP'S PALACE 662-1/7/6 Bishop Burnell's Great Hall 12/11/53 (Formerly Listed as: BISHOP'S PALACE (including... ruins of Great Hall...))

GV I

Ruins of former mediaeval bishop's hall house. c1280, part demolished c1830. Local rubble with Doulting stone dressings, no roof. Remains of large 5-bay aisled hall, approx 35m long and 18m wide internally, with screens passage and N porch; solar and undercroft to right (W). What now remains is the N wall, W wall, remnants of the arcade column bases, and a detached turret to the SE corner of the E wall. The N wall has 4 lofty 2-light geometrical Decorated windows, with sexfoil head over cusped lights, and cusped transom; to the right the inner doorway to the former N porch, and at either end are remains of octagonal stair turrets. At the W end, with 2 octagonal turrets, later single-storey C19 service buildings have been added, with a narrow central courtyard; there was already some low-level extension here in 1730 and before. On the S side is a length of low wall extending towards the E, including a pointed doorway with mouldings. Originally this was a most impressive large hall residence. It is believed to have been built after the commencement of the Chapel (qv), and appears in Buck's view of 1730 apparently still complete, with a deep 2-storey N porch, 3 of the windows (that to the E seems blocked by a solid wall), and 4 roof gables or dormers; the S and E walls were finally demolished in the early C19 by Bishop Law "... to make a more picturesque ruin...", and, in Pevsner's words, with the remainder of the Palace complex, "...is the product of the gentle romanticism of the C18 and early C19." (Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: A History: Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 232; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 315).





Listing NGR: ST5516845702

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 483261

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Colchester, LS , Wells Cathedral: A History, (1982), 232
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 315

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