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Wells Cathedral 
31st-Oct-2017 05:44 pm
Just Believe - Josph from V
As I said when I posted over the weekend, Christine and I went to Wells for the day.  Wells is the smallest English city, with a stunning Cathedral ...

The present cathedral was begun about 1175 on a new site to the north of the old minster church. Bishop Reginald de Bohun brought the idea of a revolutionary architectural style from France, and Wells was the first English cathedral to be built entirely in this new Gothic style. The first building phase took about eighty years, building from east to west, culminating in the magnificent West Front. About 300 of its original medieval statues remain

By 1313 a high tower topped by a lead covered wooden spire had been constructed but as the foundations were not stable large cracks began to appear in the tower structure. In fear of a total collapse, several attempts at internal strengthening and buttressing were made, until the famous ‘scissor arches’ were put in place by master mason William Joy as a final solution. The scissor arches, which often visitors believe to be later, modern additions were constructed from 1338-48 as an engineering solution to a very real problem.

As ever it is hard to capture this building, but I had a go. There was a rehearsal for a choir concert that evening, so it was lovely to have a musical accompaniment.


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Details of the Scissor Arches
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The Eastern end of the Chapel
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The Undercroft
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The Chapter House
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The Cloisters
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The Library
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The Clock ... it claims to be the oldest working clock - built some time about 1390
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Comments 
31st-Oct-2017 06:37 pm (UTC)
What a stunning cathedral. The scissor arches look like they've been in place since the original construction.
31st-Oct-2017 07:03 pm (UTC)
I LOVED Wells Cathedral.
31st-Oct-2017 11:04 pm (UTC)
WOW. You did a fine job capturing it.

Wells Cathedral was not one that I got to see on my visit in 1978, so thank you!
1st-Nov-2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's stunning and so beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos.
1st-Nov-2017 11:50 pm (UTC)
Great photos. Awesome cathedral.
2nd-Nov-2017 10:30 pm (UTC) - Wells Cathrdral
I thoroughly enjoyed your visit to the cathedral. I was wondering if I might friend you on LJ. I am Australian, living on that small heart shaped island at the bottom of the map of Australia, known as Tasmania. It is relatively British, since it was settled 200 odd years ago, to provide accommodation for the overflow of prisoners crowding the British gaols at that time. I have often been asked what part of Old Blighty I come from, although I was born here. Some rural folk still speak the English of more than 200 years ago.

I am a non participating member of the LJ photography group. My life has been too crowded with other events for a while, such as the death of my husband, and the upcoming sale of my home, but I am hoping when things settle down that I will pick up my camera again. I miss it.

I hope to hear from you.
8th-Nov-2017 07:29 pm (UTC) - Re: Wells Cathrdral
As you may have noticed I have already friended you.

15 years ago, someone I knew emigrated to Tasmania.

I work with a Kiwi, and I asked him about my accent as some people have asked if I am an Ozzie. I grew up in East London, and although I have been away from there 30+ years, the accent is still there. He laughed and said he had heard it, but knew it wasn't Ozzie ... but said, maybe the East London accent just shows that there were loads of criminals who lived there, and that's why the Ozzie accent sounds that way (and of course why his Kiwi one doesn't!!)

I am sorry to hear life has been tough - certainly sorry to hear about your husband, so would be good to see you on my journal whenever you can.
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