Many of the bespoke kitchen design projects the Guild Anderson team has been involved with in Wells in Somerset have been either in Wells city centre or in the adjacent countryside, often in the Mendips. It is a city we have become fond of during our visits.
The smallest city in England (outside of the City of London) has a lot to offer in terms of architectural heritage and history. At its centre, both architecturally and geographically, sits the magnificent medieval gothic Cathedral, with its cathedral close boating several notable early and mid-Georgian fronted townhouses. The large cathedral green is a gathering place for visitors to the city who often picnic there during the Summer months.
Another notable long-term resident is Wells Cathedral School, a private co-educational primary and secondary school noted for its creative and musical alumni. The school, one of the oldest schools in the world, was founded in 909AD and is 266 years older than the cathedral after which it is now linked.
One major part of Wells Cathedral School and Wells Cathedral’s legacy to the city is architecture, most notably the Vicar’s Close which is the oldest residential streets in Europe having been in continuous use since it was built in the 14th century. And if that wasn’t enough architecture for one small City, it is also home to The Bishop’s Palace which is the home to the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells (and has been for 800 years).
Architectural heritage aside, it is a thriving City with numerous shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs. There is also an active annual calendar of events, including the Wells Comedy Festival, Wells Food Festival and the Wells Festival of Literature, all of which are well loved and attended.
The surrounding countryside also has much to offer, in particular the Mendip Hills, Somerset’s highest point. The village of Wedmore is also worth a visit if you have time.
We are designing more bespoke kitchen projects in and around Wells, due to its increasing popularity since the global pandemic as a place to relocate and work from home. It’s a city with a fascinating history and well worth a visit.