The Bishop’s Palace celebrates 800 years

PUBLISHED: 17:08 17 January 2020

The Bishop's Palace in Wells

The Bishop's Palace in Wells


To celebrate eight centuries since this historic site was constructed, a number of special events will be taking place this year

The Bishop's Palace in Wells is looking forward to a very significant birthday as it celebrates 800 years since the beginning of the building's construction.

In 1206 Bishop Jocelyn moved the home of the Bishop of Bath and Glastonbury to Wells and in 1207 was granted land by King John to the south of the Cathedral for a deer park and new palace.

As Jocelyn was occupied by matters of state, went into exile until 1213, and was then embroiled in the first Baron's Revolt until 1217, it is likely that the construction of his new palace began in 1220.

To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Palace, The Palace Trust is planning a year-long programme of celebratory community events to take place throughout 2020. This includes a pageant to celebrate the eight centuries of history during early May, a Medieval Fair during August Bank Holiday weekend, a programme of talks from prominent historians and archaeologists and a six-month exhibition to tell the stories and intrigues of life at the Palace throughout its history.

The Palace 800 events will take place alongside the normal calendar of Palace Flagship events, such as the Garden Festival and Christmas at the Palace.

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