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The Old Deanery

Introduction

The Old Deanery of Wells Cathedral in Wells, Somerset, England, dates from the 12th century. Along with the gatehouse and boundary walls has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

The Old Deanery has walled gardens of around 1.6 hectares, enclosed by medieval and later walling. The Deanery now houses conference facilities.

The 12th century building, on Cathedral Green was largely rebuilt in the late 15th century by Dean Gunthorpe. It was further remodelled by Dean Bathurst in the late 17th century. The two storey south front of the building looking out over the green to the cathedral has six bays which contain 17th century sash windows.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

There are regular open days throughout the year.

Owners

The Diocese of Bath and Wells

The Old Deanery, BA5 2UG
History

Period

Tudor (1485-1603)

Associated People
Features & Designations

Designations

  • The National Heritage List for England: Register of Parks and Gardens

  • Reference: GD2147
  • Grade: II

Features

  • Wall
  • Description: The gardens are enclosed by medieval and later walling.
Key Information

Type

Walled Garden

Purpose

Physic Garden

Principal Building

Religious House

Period

Tudor (1485-1603)

Survival

Extant

Hectares

1.6

Open to the public

Yes

Civil Parish

Wells