Bishops Barn: Wells Heritage Open Days
By hrbrsd | Friday, August 30, 2013, 10:16
This magnificent 15th Century Barn was used to store the Bishop's grain and flour ground by his nearby Mill. Sadly the Mill is no longer, but the Grade I Barn is still standing as a tribute to the skills of the medieval craftsmen. Most probably built during the era of Bishop Beckynton's New Works, the Barn has been used for a wide range of activities since the storage of cereals: Military training, storing armaments, target practice, Brass band concerts, political rallies, auctions, barn dances, weddings and badminton to name but a few.
The Barn and the surrounding Recreation Ground were bequeathed by Bishop Hervey in 1887 to the citizens of Wells 'as a means of providing recreation and amusement for all Classes'. In addition to the generosity of the Bishop in donating the Barn, funds were raised by public subscription to buy the surrounding land to provide a wonderful green space in the heart of the city.
This is the first time that the Barn has been open as part of the Wells Heritage Open Days, and we hope that you will come to see the Barn and some of its history as displayed by articles and maps found in the City and Museum Archives.
Friday 13th September 12.00 to 16.00
Saturday 14th September 10.00 to 16.00
Sunday 15th September 12.00 to 16.00