© Mr John H. Sparkes
BOUNDARY WALLS TO NUMBERS 14-27, VICARS' CLOSE (west side)
WELLS, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Mr John H. Sparkes
01 August 2007
12 November 1953
Date of last amendment:
31 May 2000
The Images of England website consists of images of listed buildings based on the statutory list as it was in 2001 and does not incorporate subsequent amendments to the list. For the statutory list and information on the current listed status of individual buildings please go to The National Heritage List for England.
ST5445 VICARS' CLOSE
662-1/7/335 (West side)
12/11/53 Boundary walls to Nos 14-27
(Formerly Listed as:
Nos.1-13 AND 14-27 (Consecutive))
Walls enclosing gardens of row of houses. Mid C15, with some
C19 modifications, restored 1976-83. Local roughly squared
stone rubble with Doulting ashlar dressings. Front boundary
walls on average 4m from front of houses, with returns along
side boundaries, and with openings opposite doorways to
houses, average 1m high, with roll-top and pitched face
At the north end is a return link eastward to the Vicars
Chapel (qv). Variations are; No.15 has ashlar piers with
moulded pyramidal caps to gateway, No.16 has low ashlar walls
surmounted by wrought-iron railings having simple collared
points and urn finials to cast bracketed standards, with pair
of gates to match and piers at each end, No.17 has plain stone
coping, No.22 has a higher boundary wall and what may be an
original gateway with 4-centred gate arch having mock
crenellated top, and a timber boarded gate, and No.27 has a
sweep up to a similar stone gateway abutting part of the
Vicars Hall (qv).
These walls break up the original quadrangular form of Vicars'
Close, having been erected in response to demands from the
Vicars for gardens. They enclose the approx 140m long street,
which narrows and rises slightly towards the N end, and is
completely paved with setts. Probably each house had a raised
gateway when the walls were first constructed.
(Colchester L S: Wells Cathedral: a History: Shepton Mallet:
1982-: 212 - 225; Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North
Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 319).