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Wells Cathedral

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in West Country, United Kingdom.

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Wells Cathedral was begun c1180 and completed as a Cathedral in 1245. The style is middle English Gothic, and this is one of the finest churches in England. There are many highlights, but two stand out - a magnificent and dramatic eight sided Lady Chapel at the far east end, finished a century later. And the dramatic cross arch buttress dividing the choir from the nave.

There's also a fine medieval clock - likely to date from the end of the 14th century, a similar date to the Salisbury Cathedral clock, and possibly by the same clock maker. The Wells clock is unique because it still has its original medieval face, depicting a pre-Copernican universe with the earth at its centre.

Written by  James Dunford Wood.

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Wells ~ a brilliant little cathedral city

My wife and I love visiting Wells. We live about 30 minutes' drive away and go there often to walk around the cathedral environs, which include the Bishop's Palace and moat. The cathedral itself is magnificent and affords many a photo opportunity ~ both inside and out. The unique, cobbled Vicar's Close is also well worth a visit and the architecture all around that area is wonderfully photogenic.

The town is blessed with a number of good eateries ~ from great little tea shops to full-blown restaurants, and the cathedral itself has an excellent cafe in part of the cloisters. The walk across the parkland from one corner of the moat is also very pleasant and gives another fine view of the cathedral on the way back.

If you're staying anywhere near to Wells on a holiday or weekend break I recommend a visit. We never have any trouble parking and have never come home disappointed!

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