Mike and me
The Bishop’s Palace
Wells, Somerset, England
September 8, 2008
Hello from lovely Somerset! As many of you already know, my husband Mike is British, and he grew up in a Somerset village near the town of Wells. Today we took a nice walk through Wells, and I decided to bring my camera to photograph random things that I saw along the way.
Wells is a gorgeous medieval town that has been around since at least 700AD. The focal point of the city is the Wells Cathedral and its accompanying Bishop’s Palace. The Cathedral School has been in existence since 909 and is still filled with students today. I can’t even imagine going to a school that has been around for a millennium. Mike went to the Wells Blue School, which is much younger — it wasn’t founded until 1652. His hometown really puts American history in perspective! My high school in Virginia was one of the oldest in the county; it was about 40 years old at the time.
Wells retains its medieval charm, but now most of its old buildings are occupied by modern cafes and stylish shops. It’s a lovely place to wander around on a late summer day.
Vicar’s Close. These houses were built in the 1200s and probably looked pretty much the same then.
Someone’s front door along Vicar’s Close.
An old door in the cloisters area of the cathedral
Mikey in the cloisters. There was nice light in there, so I had to take a portrait.
In the cathedral graveyard
In the market square
A croquet game on the lawn inside the Bishop’s Palace
Mike took this picture of me with a fisheye lens about 2 inches from my face. There’s a reason I don’t shoot brides like this.
Can you imagine growing up in a town with a castle and moat!
I’m glad that lots of locals sit and enjoy the view, rather than taking it for granted.
I miss my orange tabby cat. I hope the house sitter is giving her some love.
The side of the cathedral
The doors are so small on these old buildings!
I would have been Gigantor Woman in the 1200s.
Did you see the movie “Hot Fuzz”? They filmed a big shoot-out scene in this market square.
We went into the Crown pub, and found this police vest that had been signed by the stars and director of “Hot Fuzz”. (Mike actually is friends with Edgar Wright, the director of “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead”. They went to school together here in Wells.) Also, please mind the step.
We left the Crown after a pint, and found this sign at the King’s Head. It convinced us to go in there for a pint, too.
At the end of our walk, we found the Wells Police arresting this guy while holding him face-down in the middle of the street. Perhaps “Hot Fuzz” was wrong about the police here after all!
By the way, if you haven’t seen that movie yet, you should.
Hi, I’m Charlotte! I’m a photographer in Reston, Virginia. I love hiking, running, and exploring the world with my husband and young son.