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♔Swans- Bishop’s Palace Wells Somerset

February 16, 2018


The tradition of Swans on the Moat at ‘The Bishop’s Palace’ (next to Wells Cathedral) goes back to 1870’s, when one of Bishop Hervey’s daughters first taught the swans to ring a bell for lunch to be fed to them by the caretakers who live in the gatehouse.



You can see the bell just beneath the window of the Gatehouse, with a rope hanging down for the swans to pull. New generations of swans learn to ring the bell from their parents.


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  1. Charlene Munson #
    February 16, 2018

    I believe I lived in your country in another life. Everything about the isles appeals to me, but alas I’m stuck here for this go around. Thank you for a lovely blog that allows me to see all the lovely things that your country has to offer.

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    • TQE #
      February 17, 2018

      Hello Charlene! So happy you’re enjoying the blog 🙂


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