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Wells, Somerset

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CITY OF WELLS • MENDIP HILLS • SOMERSET LEVELS

Vicars' Close, Wells

Vicars' Close next to Wells Cathedral is a stunning medieval cobbled street. It is said to be the oldest continually occupied street in Europe. It was built in 1360s as an extension of the cathedral by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. He built the Vicar's Hall and Close to give the men of the quire secure accommodation away from the temptations of the town. The Close and Cathedral are linked by a bridge.

It still houses members of the choir today and has remained unchanged in nearly 700 years.

  • Vicars' Close with Wells Cathedral in the background.
  • A wide shot of Vicar's Close
  • Vicars' Close an historical perspective.
  • Doorway in Vicars' Close.
  • Vicars' close in Wells.
  • Aerial view of Vicars' Close from the tower of Wells Cathedral.
  • The winter snows of 2010 transformed the look of Vicar's Close.
  • Vicar's Close with visitors