The Bishop's Eye, Wells

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The Bishop's Eye
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The Bishop's Eye, Wells is located in Somerset
The Bishop's Eye, Wells
Location within Somerset
General information
Location Wells, Somerset
Coordinates 51°12′34″N 2°38′41″W / 51.2095°N 2.64467°W / 51.2095; -2.64467
Construction started c1450

The Bishop's Eye in Wells, Somerset, England, is an entrance gateway into a walled precinct, the Liberty of St Andrew, which encloses the twelfth century Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace, Vicar's Close and the residences of the clergy who serve the cathedral.

The Bishop's Eye was built around 1450, by Bishop Thomas Beckington (also spelt Beckyngton), and provides the entrance to the Bishop's Place[1] It forms one of a pair with the Penniless Porch which formed the gateway into the Cathedral from the market place.

It is a three-storey building of Doulting ashlar stone, with a copper roof and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[2]


  1. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. p. 222. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  2. ^ "The Bishop's Eye, Wells". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-01-13.