Wells – what a fabulous city….

A very sunny interval kind of day, which was ideal, as we had planned a trip to Wells, only about 9 miles from here. My kind of city, not very big, clean, relatively quiet and full of character.

The cathedral is an architectural masterpiece surrounded by beautiful old buildings, many of which now house classrooms for Wells Cathedral School.

The Music Faculty, from where we could hear arpeggios being performed on various different instruments.

The interior of the Cathedral defies description just look.

The detail and workmanship is incredible, especially when you consider the timeline and the resources that would have been available.

Imagine the sound of this organ being played?

My favourite was this incredible clock which was completed in 1390 and has been operational for over 600 years, on the quarter hour the 4 knights on the little platform at the top joust and the same knight has been knocked down every quarter hour since then! That by my reckoning is more than 21 million times – possibly time for a career change? This clock not only shows the 24 hour clock but the moon cycle as well – a truly awesome work of art!

From the Cathedral we went into the market square to a small bakery to pick up something for a late lunch, which we enjoyed sitting by the moat to the Bishop’s Palace.

As Wells appears to have a surfeit of pigeons it did cross my mind to offer Poppydog to the city as a form of deterrent?

We didn’t go in to the Bishop’s Palace but enjoyed a wander around the grounds where croquet was being played on the lawn – oh Poppydog so wanted to join in!

From the Palace, we walked along Vicar’s Close, originally designed as lodgings for the men of the choir and completed in 1363 and is now the only completely medieval street left in England.

How fabulous is this street with all houses still lived in – what a great place for a street party?

As we wandered around the city, every street was home to at least one little gem.

Great day out in the city.

Two thoughts of the day:

Fish fingers, mash and peas with lashings of ketchup – mmmmm!

The running costs of the Cathedral are £4500 per day! I get a bit miffed if I have to spend more than £15 per day on site fees!

2 thoughts on “Wells – what a fabulous city….

  1. What beautiful photographs of a truly beautiful city.

    My personal favourite thing in Wells cathedral is the scissor arch. It amazes me that with the technology that they had in 1338, they could come up with such a stunning yet practical solution to the problem of a collapsing tower – and build it!

    Thank you for sharing!

    PS If you want a rippingly good read which will give an amazing insight into the building and architecture of cathedrals, you won’t be able to put down Ken Follett’s ‘Pillars of the Earth’!

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    • Thank you – the level of technology yet the desire to create something functional into a thing of beauty is astounding – this journey is certainly opening my eyes and getting longer by the minute! I hope life on the slopes is treating you well.

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