Evensong celebrated at the Bishop's Palace

  • 13 Oct 2020
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The Bishop’s Palace Celebrated 800 Years with Evensong at Wells Cathedral

Sunday 11 October 2020

On Sunday 11th October 2020 a special Evensong service was held in Wells Cathedral to give thanks for 800 years of The Bishop’s Palace.

2020 was due to be a year of celebration for the Palace, marking 800 years since construction of the site began. However, due to the pandemic, most of the planned events were not able to be held. It was with great joy therefore that around 280 people attended the Evensong, presided over by the Dean of Wells, The Very Reverend Dr John Davies.

The attendees were treated to the magnificent Wells Cathedral Choir (with full male forces and the senior choristers) who sang music by Howells and Byrd, and two stunning modern arrangements of prayers by Bishop Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath & Wells 1637-1711, by Owain Park and Gary Davison.

The Dean of Wells preached about the beauty and joy of the Palace site and signed a deed of collaboration with Rear Admiral David Wood, Chair of The Palace Trust, to signal a new era of working together for Wells Cathedral and The Bishop’s Palace.

Prayers were given by Rosey Lunn, the Palace Pastor, and the service concluded with a blessing by Bishop Ruth of Taunton, resplendent in a new set of water-themed robes.

Those attending the service were then invited to enjoy a walk around the Palace Gardens in the splendid sunshine.

Chief Executive of The Palace Trust, Rosie Martin, said: “It was wonderful to have the chance to celebrate the anniversary of the Palace in this beautiful setting, and we are delighted to have made public our commitment to working closely with our neighbour Wells Cathedral during the Evensong service. We look forward to what the future holds for these two historic institutions.”

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