Britain’s Best Street?

, Subject : Inspiration

Vicar's Close, Wells; Image by Roots Design WorkshopRoots Director Chris has visited Vicar’s Close in Wells, claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with its original buildings all surviving intact in Europe.*

The Close comprises 27 residences (originally 44), built for Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury, a chapel and library at the north end, and a hall at the south end, over an arched gate. It is connected at its southern end to the cathedral by way of a walkway over Chain Gate. The Close is about 140 m long, and paved with setts.

Chris said of the Close, ‘I’ve seen a number of well renowned streets in Britain, such as The Royal Mile in Edinburgh or Grey Street in Newcastle.  But for me, this is the most inspiring I’ve visited.  It is so well proportioned and has a real timeless character.’

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* Leete-Hodge, Lornie (1985). Curiosities of Somerset. Bodmin: Bossiney Books. p. 29.

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