The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark

The earliest part of the  Bishop’s Palace in Wells was built in 1206 by Bishop Jocelyn, who also built a two storey chapel on this site. Some years later between 1275 and 1292 Bishop Burnell used the existing foundations to change the chapel into the single storey building we see today. In the nineteenth century a second storey was added to the Palace building and the chapel parapets were raised to keep the Chapel in proportion.

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark

To celebrate the eight hundred years since Bishop Jocelyn was granted land to build a Palace in Wells in 1206, a new altar and presidential chair were commissioned.

The celtic knot design represents reconciliation and connectedness.

The altar stone is engraved with the words: ‘God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself and he has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.’ (2 Corinthians 5.18)

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark

The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark

*information taken from the The Chapel of the Holy Trinity and St Mark information booklet

14 Comments CherryPie on May 20th 2017

14 Responses to “The Bishop’s Chapel”

  1. Hels says:

    The single storey building that you photographed is beautiful and perfectly designed for the late 13th century, but I wonder what was wrong with the older, two storey chapel. Great garden as well.

  2. The last photo sort of remind me of where a jury would be seated.
    Coffee is on

  3. james higham says:

    I was going to say I love these small chapels but it’s none too small, is it?

  4. The Yum List says:

    The history behind these buildings is incredible.

  5. Amfortas says:

    Why does this appeal to me? Well, perhaps ’tis because I could have been a Bishop. Back in my day the first son inherited the farm: the subsequent sons either took a horse, saddle and sword, or the Cassock. Ib being a bit of a bad-lad, a tearaway, took the horse+. But…… :)

  6. shabana says:

    Marvellous palace!!!
    I am amzed with it’s beauty and elegance.
    It is amazing that such old building is still in outstanding condition

  7. The presidential chair is a bit too new for this old church. ;)