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“Back in Time”
Review of Vicar's Close

Vicar's Close
Ranked #3 of 29 things to do in Wells
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London, United Kingdom
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525 reviews
306 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 828 helpful votes
“Back in Time”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

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.

Visited July 2013
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Suffolk
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Needs no introduction, and is completely compelling... you must go and look at the oldest continually inhabited street in Europe, it is charming.

Visited May 2014
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Derby
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“Next to the Cathedral - don't miss it!”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

One of the oldest continuously occupied streets in Europe with original buildings. Only a short walk from Wells Cathedral. Worth a brief visit at the very least!

Visited May 2014
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Merthyr Tydfil
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“Historical”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

We got up early and walked here on a Sunday morning about 7.40 am, we were the only 2 here and it was lovely. Beautiful houses it was interesting looking at the buildings to see which ones had kept their character and what others had lost, the different types of windows, doorways etc which varied. A must see.

Visited May 2014
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Choma, Zambia
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“Worth a walk”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Lovely old cathedral houses in long terraces on either side if a cobbled street, lovely to walk along.

Visited April 2014
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