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The Old Deanery

The Old Deanery of Wells Cathedral in WellsSomerset, England, dates from the 12th century. Along with the gatehouse and boundary walls has been designated as a Grade I listed building


The gatehouse and boundary walls of the Old Deanery, Wells
The gatehouse and boundary walls of the Old Deanery.

It was used as the primary residence for the Dean of the Cathedral (who enjoyed a short commute across the city green) between the years 1230 and 1958, after which it became office and the administrative centre for the Diocese of Bath and Wells until 2020, when the building was placed up for sale. As of 2022 the building is now under private ownership, and is a private residence. 


The plaque on the outer wall tells passers by about the famous herb garden in the grounds
The plaque on the outer wall tells passers by about the famous herb garden in the grounds

William Turner when he was dean between 1551 and 1568, established a herb garden. The garden was recreated between 2003 and 2010.



The plaque presented to the Old Deanery from 1977
The plaque presented to the Old Deanery from 1977


Please note that The Old Deanery is not categorised under the current plaque awards, and so does not show on the trail map. We have marked the location on the map below.



The Old Deanery is located on Cathedral Green
The Old Deanery is located on Cathedral Green

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