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Bishops Palace (Wells)

The Bishop's Palace is a historic building in the little cathedral city of Wells in Somerset.

It is the mediaeval house built in the 13th century for the Bishops of Bath and Wells, and is surrounded by a moat.

The palace grounds are entered from the Market Place through the Bishop's Eye Gateway, one of four gateways built around 1450 by Bishop Bekynton.

The place has a gatehouse and drawbridge over the moat, added in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. There is a portcullis last used in 1831, when it was feared that there might be riots over the Reform Bill.

The moat is fed by the springs which give the town its name.

Swans in the moat have learned to pull a rope when they are ready to be fed.

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