The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

If you have watched the film ‘Hot Fuzz’ which is my favourite film, you will know it is set in the very picturesque village of Sandford. Now there is a village called Sandford quite near here where I live, but the place the film was made is the beautiful city of Wells, which has an exquisite cathedral and a bishop’s palace set in lovely grounds. Wells itself is a pretty little place, as you will now from the film, and it has many interesting places to visit, shops, and a market held several times a week.

The medieval bishop’s palace has been the residence of the Bishops of Bath & Wells for over 800 years. On of the bishops was allowed to build this luxurious residence and also a deer park just by the cathedral and it was actually fortified which says something about the times! Now you can cross the moat via the drawbridge and enter through the gatehouse, under the portcullis and enter the lovely grounds where you can see the ruin of the Great Hall. The bishops had a private chapel and they were lucky enough to also have fourteen acres of gardens.

Now there is a very nice tea room, and recently as we took tea, we watched a couple of teams of ladies and gentlemen dressed in white set up for a game of croquet on the bishop’s lawns! On our recent visit we just strolled around the outside and admired the reflections of the lovely sunny day nad blue skies in the moat.

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