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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: 1383200



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

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 483618

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ST5445 VICARS' CLOSE 662-1/7/335 (West side) 12/11/53 Boundary walls to Nos 14-27 (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 houses, with returns along side boundaries, and with openings opposite doorways to houses, average 1m high, with roll-top and pitched face copings. At the north end is a return link eastward to the Vicars Chapel (qv). Variations are; No.15 has ashlar piers with moulded pyramidal caps to gateway, No.16 has low ashlar walls surmounted by wrought-iron railings having simple collared points and urn finials to cast bracketed standards, with pair of gates to match and piers at each end, No.17 has plain stone coping, No.22 has a higher boundary wall and what may be an original gateway with 4-centred gate arch having mock crenellated top, and a timber boarded gate, and No.27 has a sweep up to a similar stone gateway abutting part of the Vicars Hall (qv). 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 end, and is completely paved with setts. Probably each house had a raised gateway when the walls were first constructed. (Colchester L S: Wells Cathedral: a History: Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 212 - 225; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 319).

Listing NGR: ST5513245992

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 55125 46010


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