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© Mr John Barker

IoE Number: 483444
Location: THE BISHOP'S EYE, MARKET PLACE (east side)
  WELLS, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr John Barker
Date Photographed: 28 April 2006
Date listed: 12 November 1953
Date of last amendment: 12 November 1953
Grade I

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WELLS ST5445 MARKET PLACE 662-1/7/163 (East side) 12/11/53 The Bishop's Eye GV I Gatehouse tower. c1451, built by Bishop Bekynton at a cost of »133.6.8. Doulting stone ashlar, copper flat roof. EXTERIOR: 3 storeys, single bay. West elevation to market place flanked by two turrets, rectangular with corners chamfered plinth, moulded string over doorway and below parapet. 4-centred gateway arches, with pair timber gates on west side possibly C18, the entrance grooved and vaulted, above the elevation panelled into 5 bays, with statue niches flanking 2-light flat headed traceried windows, between which is a larger canopied statue niche at first-floor level, band of armorial shields below first-floor windows, rear elevation similar, featuring a carved episcopal rebus. INTERIOR: not inspected. This gateway noticeably grander than that to the Cathedral Green. External stonework cleaned 1992/3. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 312; Colchester LS: Wells Cathedral: A History: Shepton Mallet: 1982-: 237, 239).

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