Wells, New College 1892

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Caption for Wells, New College 1892: The battlemented building opposite the North Porch, No 9 Cathedral Green, currently the Cathedral Music School, was originally a canonical house re-built , an Italian scholar. He wrote most of his 26-volume 'Anglicae Historiae' while in this house. This 'History of England' became compulsory reading in all schools under Elizabeth I. He was chamberlain to Pope Alexander VI, and acted for the Italian Bishop of Bath and Wells, Cardinal Adriano de Castello (1504-1518). The house later became a brewery, but it was restored and was the theological college from 1888 to 1971. Next door is the 16th-century Chancellor's House, which is now Wells Museum. This was one of the houses held by the bishop and granted to the canons. Recently, extensive excavations in the garden revealed pottery and ceramics dating back to late Saxon times.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

Memories of Wells


During the Second World War there was an Italian prisoner of war camp at Penleigh, on the outskirts of Wells in Somerset. The Italian POWS were put out to work on local farms, and one of them was Gaetano Celestra, who had been a sculptor and mason before the war. When a stray enemy bomb fell at (...Read full memory)

I'm surprised there are so few memories of Wells. In the late '60's to '70's I lived in nearby Shepton Mallet as a schoolboy & later worked on a farm there. At weekends my elder brother, Colin, would arrive on the coach from Bournemouth, where he worked for the MoD. This was usually on a Friday night, & he (...Read full memory)

I think the date at 1974 is correct but I would have been 6 then!! We owned all of what is Beechbarrow now and as a young man I had the run of the place! I hope the beech walk is still there, I built my first tree house in there! It was on the other side from the barn that Ron Chard had. Ron Chard was the farmer that (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Wells, New College 1892: The battlemented building opposite the North Porch, No 9 Cathedral Green, currently the Cathedral Music School, was originally a canonical house re-built , an Italian scholar. He wrote most of his 26-volume 'Anglicae Historiae' while in this house. This 'History of England' became compulsory reading in all schools under Elizabeth I. He was chamberlain to Pope Alexander VI, and acted for the Italian Bishop of Bath and Wells, Cardinal Adriano de Castello (1504-1518). The house later became a brewery, but it was restored and was the theological college from 1888 to 1971. Next door is the 16th-century Chancellor's House, which is now Wells Museum. This was one of the houses held by the bishop and granted to the canons. Recently, extensive excavations in the garden revealed pottery and ceramics dating back to late Saxon times.

An extract from Wells Photographic Memories.

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