The Bishop’s Palace celebrates a very signficant birthday in 2020 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, the construction of his new Palace is likely to have begun in 1220.
To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Palace, The Palace Trust is planning a programme of celebratory community events to take place throughout 2020.
Events planned are listed below, with more to come: