In 1348, Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury founded a college so that the Vicars Choral, the singing men of the choir, could live together communally; so he provided a hall for meals and each of the 42 vicars with his own small house. These were built on two sides of a quadrangle, with the hall at one end and later, a chapel enclosing the other end.
In the 15th century, the houses were given front gardens and the Chain Gate was built to provide a passage from the hall into the cathedral. Vicars’ Close, as the street came to be known, is the only completely medieval street in England. These rows terraced houses are beautiful and take you back in time of the bygone era, it is enchanting to take a stroll here so do not miss the vicars close if you come to see the Wells Cathedral.
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