This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.


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: 1383198



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: 31-May-2000

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: LBS

UID: 483616

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Building

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.

Reasons for Designation

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.



ST5445 VICARS' CLOSE 662-1/7/333 (East side) 12/11/53 Boundary walls to Nos 1-13 (Consecutive) (Formerly Listed as: VICAR'S CLOSE Nos.1-13 AND 14-27 (Consecutive))


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 house, with returns along side boundaries and with openings opposite doorways to houses, average 1m high, with roll and pitched face copings. At the south end there is a quarter- circle curve into the Vicars Hall (qv); variations are: No.4 has lower walls surmounted by railings having arrowhead tops with urn finials to standards, and matching gate. No.5 has what may be an original gateway, where the wall is swept up in the centre to a 4-centred arched gateway having mock-crenellated top, framing a timber gate with wrought-iron hinges: on the rear, over the arch, a carved raised text in Gothic letters, quoting from Psalm. No.7 has gateways at the extreme ends with ashlar piers having moulded pyramidal caps, and No.12 has similar piers to the gateway. To No.13 the front wall is about 1.8m high, with two stone arches as No.5, the left framing stone steps alongside the Vicars Chapel (qv) and the right is the house gateway, with timber gate. 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, and is completely paved with setts. Probably each house had a raised gateway when the walls were first constructed. (Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: A History: Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 212-225; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 319).

Listing NGR: ST5514345994

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Colchester, LS , Wells Cathedral: A History, (1982), 212-225
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (1958), 319

National Grid Reference: ST 55137 46009


© Crown Copyright and database right 2017. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2017. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1383198 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 23-Oct-2017 at 07:49:43.

End of official listing