May 22 – Two interesting finds

Olympic World Record and WW2 Statue

Hi from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

I love the carvings that all around the cathedral especially the ones depicting toothache and the man taking a prickle out of his foot.

Today went I went out for our daily £1 latte I noticed a plaque of the footpath of the market square recording the World record Olympic ladies long jump set by Mary Bignal Rand of Wells at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. As well as the plaque there are stones sowing just how long a jump Mary made and it is quite breathtaking. At the bottom of the square is the Market Cross with the fountain which was erected in 1797.

The Bishops Palace beside Wells Cathedral was started to be constructed in 1210 by Bishops Jocelin of Wells and Reginald Fitz Jocelin. 

Between 1275 and 1292 the chapel and great hall were added by Bishop Burnell and in the 14th-century Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury added the wall, the gatehouse and the moat. Bishop Thomas Beckington added the Bishops House in the 15th century. The Bishop’s Palace at Wells is one of the few still occupied by the Bishop. Today the Bishops Palace is a major tourist attraction with its wonderful gardens and a walk around the moat is a lovely experience especially on a fine cal summer’s evening which it was when we took the walk. On our set up day in Wells, the film crew were filming in the grounds of the Bishops Palace as well as the cathedral.

On our way home to East Harptree we have noticed a 12 ft high monument which is quite hard to stop nearby but tonight we managed to stop at layby and Mike went to get a close-up photo of it. It is a statue depicting the fable of Romulus and Remus, the traditional founders of Rome, suckling the she-wolf. The statue was erected by Gaetano Celestra in 1945 while he was a prisoner of war in an internment camp on Penn Hill. It is now a Grade II listed monument. The Italian prisoner of war was a stone mason and builder and after the war, he settled in the area and continued working as a stonemason and builder. It is fascinating what you find when you least expect it.