The Bishop's Palace (1), Wells, Somerset Location Map
 
  The moat, Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, England   The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset.

The Bishop's Palace, next to the cathedral, is completely enclosed by this moat which is fed from the Wells in the palace gardens. It is possible to walk around two sides of the moat on the outside of the palace.

 

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  The swans, Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, England   The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset

The swans that live on this moat have an unusual trick up their sleeves. At some times during the day the window in the Gatehouse is opened and a thin rope, attached to a bell, is dropped so that it hangs down the wall. The swans know that if they tug on the rope and ring the bell then someone inside will throw grain through the window which they can then eat.

In this picture one of the cygnets (young swans) is pulling the rope. They soon learn the trick from their parents.

 

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  The Gatehouse, Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, England   The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset.

The entrance gatehouse to the Bishop's Palace. There is a charge to go in but we think that it is good value for money because of the extensive (14 acres), and delightful, gardens in addition to the interior of the palace.

This is easily accessed from the Market Square.

 

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  The ruined Great Hall, Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, England   The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset

Part of the ruins of the old 13th century Great Hall. During the 16th century someone was in desperate need of some cash and so the roof lead and timbers were sold. It's no surprise to learn that subsequently the Great Hall fell into ruin.

 

 

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