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I am not the first to photograph these cottages and I won't be the last. This is Vicars Close in the City of Wells

Wells 1

I am not the first to photograph these cottages and I won't be the last. This is Vicars Close in the City of Wells

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 15 Aug 2011, 00:53
...probably got a resident chimneysweep!
Bill Phillips: Hehehe probably all got ventral heating these days
I like that you've done it in B&W, great perspective!
Bill Phillips: I felt it lent itself to b&w Elizabeth. It is a beautiful place and dates back to the middle of the 14th century
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Aug 2011, 05:39
Yes, nobody could resist to photograph this very impressive location situated in the sanctuary of Wells: Vicars' Close "is claimed to be the oldest (mid-14th century) purely residential street with its original buildings all surviving intact in Europe." Your photo is a special fine one: There is a lit side and a shadow side enhanced by your b&w processing. I myself saw both sides sunlit shining in a slight yellow toning.
In some of these houses you find "Wells Cathedral School, one of the five established musical schools for school-age children in the United Kingdom..." We heard some music students playing, and I had a short talk with one of them, a very polite student, properly dressed up in school uniform; choir and orchester have performances in many countries of the world, "sometimes in Gemany" he said, i. e. in Dresden's Frauenkirche. We could enjoy the heavenly voices of many choristes during the evensong in the Cathedral, celebrated by the Dean himself.
Bill Phillips: It is a gem Philine as is the cathedral itself.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Aug 2011, 06:26
A perfect study for the vanishing-point perspective, Bill, which I love.
Bill Phillips: smile I know you do ~ginnie. The only thing that it needs now is a crane in the distance grin
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2011, 06:42
Well you have done a fine job Bill even though it does look a little spooky!
Bill Phillips: LOL!! I imagine being this old there must be a few ghosts SAVO
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Aug 2011, 06:52
Good image Bill
Bill Phillips: Cheers vintage
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Aug 2011, 07:38
I wonder how many people did get such a fabulous result after taking the picture.
Yours is wonderful, love the B&W, the clouds are wonderful.
Amazing only one person visible, did Ange block the crowd for you?
Bill Phillips: Thousands of them Astrid grin

It was fairly early and apart from a large transit van and one resident it was fairly quiet
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Aug 2011, 07:42
And did you know the street is wider at one end than the other in order to make it seem longer than it really is...
Bill Phillips: No I did not know that. The close is about 450ft long i believe so you could run the 100 metres final along it next year which would be marginally more interesting than the actual event
I love the chimneys and the perspective. Now I'd love to see it in colour.
I haven't seen this street but it has to look better in colour. (The only time I was in Wells it poured with rain and it all looked like this and we left after an hour).
Bill Phillips: Alan did it in colour a while back. I will send you the colour version Sheila
The boy done good.
Bill Phillips: fanks mate
great shot it is, good B&W, strong image
Bill Phillips: Thanks Chantal, I'm pleased you like it
What a great street and the absence of cars makes it even better. Really like the b&w treatment which adds drama also.
Bill Phillips: There is a transit van lurking in the distance which i managed to more or less lose in the b&w version but it shows more on the colour original
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Aug 2011, 11:45
Houses on the hilltop?
Troop quarters?

An excellent picture, showing that although sometimes hidden down deep, you do have the skills. I guess you are sometimes under the spell of those wayward mates of yours. But if they sometimes pay a round, they can be worth keeping tongue
Bill Phillips: Used to be full of vicars at one time i think. You surely aren't suggesting that some of us don't take things seriously? gringringringrin
Very impressive Bill.
Bill Phillips: It is a very impressive row of buildings Frank
Yes great perspective Bill which has already been discussed and what a lovely set of chimneys.
Bill Phillips: The chimneys are a bit special Brian
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2011, 13:09
Been there, done that! Those chimneys are magnificent.
Bill Phillips: I thought it was you that had posted this place a while back. It was one of the things that made me want to pay a long overdue visit to Wells
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2011, 13:17
Beautiful street, great in B/W, perfect light and I haver never seen the street before, not that I know of anyway smilereally good Bill smile
Bill Phillips: You like it then? smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2011, 13:29
But you did them proud Bill, perfect for a nice contrasty B&W shot.
Bill Phillips: I enjoyed getting this picture, even though it is hardly original
It's hard to believe that these cottages date back to the middle of the 14th. century, Bill. They appear to be in excellent condition. Compared to some of the shoddily constructed homes that are thrown together today, these were certainly built to last.

Like how you've shot this with one side in sunlight and the other in shade.
Bill Phillips: It had deteriorated by the late 19th century but is now restored and many of the buildings are grade one listed and the whole close is safe for future generations to enjoy. At first sight it looks Victorian
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Aug 2011, 15:39
Yellowbear at Vicars's Close! (
Bill Phillips: This is very funny Philine
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 15 Aug 2011, 16:03
It might not be the best either, but at least you have photographed it, unlike me.
Bill Phillips: I am sure it isn't the best but it was the best I could do
Very impressive b&w and a great angle. smile
Bill Phillips: That's nice of you Frances
great perspective and treatment!
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Sesan
great image with lovely chimneys. i suppose the light wasn't very kind, the stark walls on the left and contrasting ones on the right. but this is a great place and very well done in b/w
Nice, strong composition Bill. Great in mono
Bill Phillips: I like it in mono too

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