Paul - who brings friendly nonsense (blur_kiwi) wrote,
Paul - who brings friendly nonsense
blur_kiwi

Wells and the Bishop's Palace

The Saturday before last was, quite possibly, the last warm, sunny day of the summer. The year is marching on, autumn is definitely in the air and summer feelings are disappearing rapidly with the sunshine. It was a beautiful day and, for all the reasons I've just given, I didn't want to miss out on it.

I made a decision and set off. Wells is a lovely place. It's England's smallest city, with one of its biggest impressive cathedrals. Wells is only a drive of about half an hour away from my home, so I go there a few times each year; I never tire of the beauty and peaceful feel of the place. Of course, the cathedral is a big attraction for anyone who visits Wells, as is the Vicars' Close - a gorgeous street with really old houses either side.

Another attraction is the Bishop's Palace and its gardens. Amazingly, until that sunny Saturday, I had only ever been to the Bishop's Palace once before. Twenty years ago I went to an event there as part of the Wells Literary Festival - twenty years, I've just checked and it really was that long ago. It was a lecture by Terry Pratchett, who is still my favourite author.

So, on that sunny Saturday I put things right. I had often wondered how people could take photos of the cathedral from an angle I wasn't familiar with, and reflect it precisely into a pond. Now I know, they visit the Bishop's Palace, and walk through the gardens until they reach the feature that gives the city its name. In medieval times these wells, naturally occurring springs, supplied Wells with all the water it needed to function as a commercial centre. While most of that is gone, there are still gullies in the High Street with water flowing through them.

I hope you enjoy this little gem of a garden as much as I did. It's typically English, perfectly delightful and well worth a special visit. And, if you've seen the film Hot Fuzz, Wells is where it's set.


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