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  • The Cathedral and the City of Wells in Somerset, England

    The Cathedral and the City of Wells in Somerset, England

    Wednesday is market day in the City of Wells in Somerset, England. When I arrived in Market Place it was overflowing with stalls as it has done every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays for past 800 years. This market is part of the heritage of Wells and on a Wednesday it includes a Farmers Market. Wells also has a Charter granted by King John in 1201 to hold five Charter Fairs every year. These used to last for several days and involved feasting and entertainment in the evenings and trading in the market during the day ...

  • A Palace Fit for a Bishop in the English City of Wells

    A Palace Fit for a Bishop in the English City of Wells

    The City of Wells in Somerset, England is named for its wells that bubble up from an underground river fed by the rain water that seeps through the rocks of the nearby Mendip Hills. In Saxon times the presence of this water led people to believe that Wells was a sacred place and during this period the first church was built here. The main wells, the wells of Saint Andrew, are inside the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace and this was where I started my visit. I arrived just in time to join the tour of the grounds ...

  • The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    The Cross, a Delightful Bed and Breakfast in Croscombe, Somerset

    Hospitality has been a long-standing tradition at The Cross in Croscombe, Somerset ever since this original medieval building was licensed as a public house in 1516. In those days it was called the Rose and Crown and retained this name until 1976 when it changed its name to the Bull Terrier. The doors of the Bull Terrier closed for the last time in 2014 and the property was sold. The new owner, Terri Chichester, undertook the huge task of converting this lovely building into impressive bed and breakfast accommodation ...

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