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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1383026



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

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Wells

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 12-Nov-1953

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 483444

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ST5445 MARKET PLACE 662-1/7/163 (East side) 12/11/53 The Bishop's Eye


Gatehouse tower. c1451, built by Bishop Bekynton at a cost of ยป133.6.8. Doulting stone ashlar, copper flat roof. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, single bay. West elevation to market place flanked by two turrets, rectangular with corners chamfered plinth, moulded string over doorway and below parapet. 4-centred gateway arches, with pair timber gates on west side possibly C18, the entrance grooved and vaulted, above the elevation panelled into 5 bays, with statue niches flanking 2-light flat headed traceried windows, between which is a larger canopied statue niche at first-floor level, band of armorial shields below first-floor windows, rear elevation similar, featuring a carved episcopal rebus. INTERIOR: not inspected. This gateway noticeably grander than that to the Cathedral Green. External stonework cleaned 1992/3. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 312; Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: A History: Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 237, 239).

Listing NGR: ST5506745788

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Colchester, LS , Wells Cathedral: A History, (1982), 237, 239
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 312

National Grid Reference: ST 55064 45788


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