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  • Writer's pictureChris Winter

The Market Place (7)

Updated: Apr 30

Bekynton's New Works (1451-2) form the northern side of the Market Place, and the water fountain replaces a medieval conduit built in 1451.



Bekynton's New Works on the North side of Wells Market Place- Photo by Phil Broek
Bekynton's New Works on the north side of Wells Market Place. Photo by Phil Broek

Bekynton's New Works


This row on the north side of the Market Place was provided by Bishop Bekynton in 1451-52. He had planned to build a complete square but only this side was constructed. It is known as “Bekynton’s New Works”.



The present water fountain on the south side of the marketplace in Wells. Photo by Phil Broek
The present water fountain on the south side of the marketplace in Wells. Photo by Phil Broek


The Conduit


The present water fountain was erected by the city corporation to replace an earlier mediaeval conduit built by Bishop Bekynton in 1451 and demolished in 1797.


Near the present water fountain stood the High Cross built by Bishop Knight in 1542 with money bequeathed by Dean Woleman to replace an earlier 14th century cross. It was used for important civic occasions and by market traders until demolished in 1783



The Market Place in Wells now hosts a popular farmers market here every Wednesday and Saturday. Photo by Phil Broek.
The Market Place in Wells now hosts a popular farmers market here every Wednesday and Saturday. Photo by Phil Broek.


From 1661 until demolished in 1779, a long rectangular pillared market house stood in the centre of the Market Place. The upper storey comprised two rooms – one the Council Chambers/Exchequer, which was also used as a courthouse and the other a wool store. The ground floor housed a fire engine. Its construction marked the final relocation of the market from the High Street to the present site.




The Architectural Plaque for the the Market Place in Wells is located at point 7.
The Architectural Plaque for the the Market Place in Wells is located at point 7.

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