"Vicar's Close" Wells Things to Do Tip by tvor
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Vicar's Close is found to the north side of the Cathedral and is, or claims to be the oldest residential street in Europe with almost all of it's buildings intact. It dates back to the 14th century. At the entry, there's a gatehouse with a hall in it and at the back end there's a building that houses a chapel and a library. It is still in use by the nearby Cathedral School.
Alterations have been made to the houses over the centuries, particularly after Vicars were allowed to marry after the Reformation took place. Some have extensions added on the back and a few have walls knocked out to make one larger house out of two though it's not apparent from the front. The gardens were walled in a number of years after the houses were built and apparently the back end of the cobbled street is narrower to make it look longer from the entrance.
If you love architecture as I do, you would enjoy a stroll down the short street, admiring the houses, the gates, the doors, the detailing on the houses and chimneys. You can actually rent number 14, which is next to the chapel. It's got four bedrooms and is let on a weekly basis. How cool would that be!? It would cost you between 600 to 900 pounds per week depending on time of year, I think. Information here
Address: Vicars Close, Wells
Directions: Next to the Cathedral just past the music school and museum on the north side.
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