Category Archive 'Wells Somerset'

11 Jan 2018

The Swans Ring the Bell to be Fed at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset

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The tradition of Swans on the Moat at The Bishop’s Palace (adjacent to Wells Cathedral) goes back to 1870’s when one of Bishop Hervey’s daughters first taught the swans to ring a bell at the Gatehouse 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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