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Wells Cathedral

At Wells, Somerset on the A39/A371
Tel. 01749 674483

Built in the Early English style, from 1170's - 1508. The west front displays 13th century sculpture, 300+ statues, half of which are life-size. The most interesting parts of the cathedral are the scissor arches (1338-40), an architectural solution to the problem of subsidence of the crossing tower. In the chancel is a Jesse window of medieval glass. Intricate vaulting is found in the retro-choir. The oldest original clock face in existence is located here. There is an octagonal Chapter House, completed at the beginning of the 14th century, with fine vaulting and window tracery. On the same grounds is the 700 year old Bishop's Palace with its walled gardens, the ruins of a banqueting hall and the springs from which Wells gets its name. Wells Web site.

HOURS: Open daily April-June and Sept, 7am - 7pm. July-Aug, 7am - 8:30pm and Oct-March 7am - 6:15pm.

  

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