Perhaps this is a terrible indictment on the state of education in the UK, but the extent of my knowledge about the bishop of Bath and Wells (of whom, presumably, there have been many) is his appearance in Blackadder.
You know the one, the “baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells” who turns up and demands money owed to him by Blackadder, but is instead painted in a compromising position with Percy. Ah classic Blackadder, how I used to love that show when I was younger.
Anyway, I’d love to tell you that my recent trip to the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, right next to Wells Cathedral, gave me the chance to learn loads of factually accurate non baby-eating information, but actually I just spent a lovely morning there wandering round the gardens and looking at trees and plants.
Ah well, I’m clearly just not up for edukashun on a brilliantly sunny day.
We have lots of family in Wells, so we go down there fairly frequently, yet I’d never spent much time before wandering round the town. It’s a truly beautiful place; a lovely old market town with some glorious views and, of course, there’s the famous cathedral and the adjacent palace and gardens.
Parts of the palace are still intact and inhabited, though the Great Hall is just a rather picturesque wall. An enthusiastic guide told us, as we came in, that the Victorians pulled the hall down intentionally as they thought it would look better as a ruin. Gung-ho, to be sure, but I agree with them that it did look rather spectacular; the cathedral beyond framed in the windows…
We wandered round the gardens, the sproglet and his cousin having a lovely time examining the flowers and bees.
The planting was really lovely, and I’m rather regretting now that I didn’t take a few notes about some of the things that were there.
Oh but I could cheerfully spend every sunny day wandering round a garden and looking at flowers. Here’s to plenty more this summer, please.
6 thoughts on “Bishop’s palace and gardens”
Oh it’s gorgeous isn’t it. I’m sure I remember hearing an interview with the Bishop once, when he was saying how wonderful it was to live there. I should cocoa. CJ xx
We watched an episode of Blackadder in class at school so you know, it is clearly a staple of the British education system
We were laughing about the Bishop of Bath and Wells the other day and this all stems back to Blackadder. That programme has a lot to answer to! What lovely gardens surrounding the cathedral.
look alike such a wonderful place to chill out and relax in such beautiful surroundings
Ha,the crazy Victorians what a funny thing to pull down an building because it would look better, they were a little bonkers werent they! This looks like a great place to visit, very nice grounds
Friends had their wedding reception in the gardens at Wells Cathedral as he was the choir master (I think) there – your pictures remind me of what was a lovely day in a lovely place.