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WELLS FROM THE BISHOP'S GARDEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL WEST FRONT

WELLS FROM THE BISHOP'S GARDEN AND THE BEAUTIFUL WEST FRONT

The first religious foundation here was, according to tradition, that of King Ine, in 704, close to the wells to which the city owes its name. Wells became the seat of a bishop in 909, but in 1088 the bishopric was removed to Bath. But in 1206 the bishop returned to Wells, and since 1244 the title has been "Bath and Wells." Reginald de Bohun started the edifice as we know it now, about 1186. The central tower (bottom) was finished in 1321, and the West front (top) was built by Bishop Joceline, 1206-42.

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