The Wells

The wells or springs, still seen today in the Bishop’s Palace garden, are the reason for the original settlement of this area.

Stone Age flints and Roman pottery have been found near the springs and the earliest evidence of worship is a Romano-British burial chamber, which may have been Christian.

Over this a Saxon mortuary chapel was built and in about 705, A.D. King Ine of Wessex gave permission for a minster church to be founded here.