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Date: 16th April 2011


Went with my friends to Wells Cathedral and had a most interesting time.

Wells is very different from Canterbury in appearance although it’s history is somewhat similar. A church was founded c. 705 by Aldhelm and was given Cathedral status in 909.

The present cathedral was begun in 1180 and like Canterbury it ‘evolved’ over several centuries although it was the first in England to be planned and completed entirely in the new 'Gothic' style.   It too had a problem with the weight of the Central Tower – just like Bell Harry at Canterbury – and that was overcome by the construction of Scissor Arches in 1338 – 48 to bear the weight.  (In Canterbury we have Strainer arches which are totally different).

When you enter Wells Cathedral, you get the impression it has been ‘steam cleaned’ and on looking at the Scissor Arches it’s hard to believe they are so old for they have an appearance of modernity.

If you want to know more about this lovely Cathedral you can look it up on line but suffice to say I was taken aback at the beauty of the small Octagonal Chapter House with it’s stunning 32-ribbed roof vault supported by a central pillar. In it at the moment they have an exhibition of the Turin Shroud – not the actual Shroud but an extremely good facsimile.

Chapter Houses are often at Ground Level near the Cloisters,  but the one at Wells is reached by a long staircase of very well worn steps. The Undercroft (the name for a crypt with windows) is underneath the Chapter House mirroring the lovely octagonal shape. My guess is that they have an undercroft rather than a crypt because of the water level – Wells received its name because of all the wells and springs around the area.

We were too late to visit the Bishop’s Palace – it shuts at 2.00 pm on a Saturday but what a palatial edifice it looked with it’s walled surrounds sitting in the middle of a moat.

I’ll leave you with a photo of the Scissor Arches and will enter more photos in the Gallery.


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