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Bishop’s Palace's much-loved swan passes away

The Bishop’s Palace in Wells has announced that one of its famous swans passed away overnight.

Staff say Bryn, who was thought to have reached the age of 10, had been losing weight recently and began to seem subdued on Wednesday morning.

It is thought that the cause was simply old age; mute swans in the wild generally live to around 10-12 years.

Bryn and partner Wynn have had 5 clutches of cygnets in their time at the Palace. Credit: Bishop's Palace

Bryn has been a popular sight on the Palace Moat since 2013 when he and partner Wynn travelled from Wales to take up residence in Wells.

Staff say Bryn will be hugely missed.

"We were used to him coming to visit us at the office door to the Moat, and each year, he would bring us his new cygnets to show them off, which was truly touching.”