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A trick of the eye

Vicar's Close, Wells

A view down memory lane...
A view down memory lane...
...a view unchanged by time
...a view unchanged by time

Vicar’s Close, in Wells, is claimed to be the oldest street of residential buildings surviving in Europe.

Now consisting of 27 houses, originally 44, the street was built for Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury in the mid 1300s.

Look closely at the perspective on this picture.

The street was deliberately designed to appear longer and more impressive than it actually is, by playing with perspective. It is tapered in by about three metres making it look longer when viewed from the cathedral end.

 

Images: Copyright Wells & Mendip Museum – 1995-6-63_Vicar’s Close, Geograph – 017890_452e1d0f (Vicar’s Close Today)

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