Downsizing pensioner uncovers stays of a long-lost palace in again backyard whereas constructing a bungalow

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Downsizing pensioner uncovers stays of a long-lost palace in again backyard the place he’s constructing a bungalow – fixing 200-year-old thriller however touchdown himself with a £15,000 invoice

  • Charles Pole, 81, found a 700-year-old Bishop’s Palace below his garden
  • The discovery in Wiveliscombe, Somerset has excited native historians, who believed the Palace had been at one other close by web site
  • Pole has blended emotions concerning the discover because the accompanying investigation will price him some £15,000 and delay work on the bungalow he plans to maneuver into

Retired banker Charles Pole (pictured), 81, found a 700-year-old Bishop’s Palace below his garden whereas having a bungalow constructed within the backyard of his Wiveliscombe, Somerset, residence

A pensioner has uncovered the stays of a protracted misplaced palace in his again backyard, fixing a centuries-old thriller and touchdown himself with a heft invoice within the course of.

Retired banker Charles Pole, 81, hoped to promote his home in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, and transfer into the bungalow he was constructing within the backyard.

But his plan is now on maintain after a 700-year-old Bishop’s Palace was discovered below his garden.

The historical constructing dates from the thirteenth Century and had pale to ruins by the 18th Century earlier than disappearing solely.

Historians had been baffled as to the palace’s whereabouts for 200 years, believing it was at one other web site close by.

Despite the joy from native historians Pole, 81, stated he had blended emotions concerning the discover at his residence – within the aptly named Palace Gardens.

‘It was thrilling to listen to the positioning comprises one thing of actual significance, however the price of the investigation goes to price me round £15,000 and has delayed the bungalow, Pole stated.

The ancient building dates from the 13th Century and had faded to ruins by the 18th Century before disappearing entirely. Pictured: The remains of the Bishop's Palace within the foundations of the new bungalow

The historical constructing dates from the thirteenth Century and had pale to ruins by the 18th Century earlier than disappearing solely. Pictured: The stays of the Bishop’s Palace throughout the foundations of the brand new bungalow

Pole stated he’s disabled and lives alone and hoped to maneuver into the bungalow, on which development has now been halted due to the discover.

A spokesperson for the South West Heritage Trust stated substantial wall foundations and flooring deposits had been uncovered.

‘They are believed to be a part of the unique foundations of the Bishop’s Palace complicated,’ they stated.

A spokesperson for the South West Heritage Trust said substantial wall foundations (pictured) and floor deposits had been uncovered

A spokesperson for the South West Heritage Trust stated substantial wall foundations (pictured) and flooring deposits had been uncovered

The site will now be protected before being covered over, allowing building work on the bungalow to go ahead

The web site will now be protected earlier than being coated over, permitting constructing work on the bungalow to go forward

‘The constructing stays are clearly of medieval date and characterize two phases of improvement on the positioning.’

There are a number of documentary references to the Bishops of Bath and Wells finishing up main constructing works in Wiveliscombe.

Bishop Drokensford (1309-29) and Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury (1329-63) each undertook works there. 

Pottery from the twelfth Century has additionally been unearthed on the web site.

‘The stays are a big discover and the landowner, archaeologists, builder and architect are working to guard and document the positioning,’ the spokesperson added.

‘The improvement is being monitored by archaeologists from the South West Heritage Trust as a part of the planning necessities.’

The web site will now be protected earlier than being coated over, permitting constructing work on the bungalow to go forward. 

Despite the excitement from local historians Pole, 81, said he had mixed feelings about the find at his home - in the aptly named Palace Gardens. 'It was exciting to hear the site contains something of real significance, but the cost of the investigation is going to cost me around £15,000 and has delayed the bungalow'

Despite the joy from native historians Pole, 81, stated he had blended emotions concerning the discover at his residence – within the aptly named Palace Gardens. ‘It was thrilling to listen to the positioning comprises one thing of actual significance, however the price of the investigation goes to price me round £15,000 and has delayed the bungalow’

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