En route to Cornwall for our week of hiking there, we stopped at the cathedral city of Wells for lunch and a visit to the cathedral. There was of course, much more to see than could be fit into the brief time we had there.
I could never find a good place to photograph the entire exterior of this wonderful building. This shows the front, but the tower over the transept is invisible behind one of the front towers.
The bishopric migrated between Wells and Bath from the end of the 10th century to the 13th century when it finally settled at Wells.
I'm not sure why I neglected to take more close-up views of the detailed facade, but I didn't. Perhaps I was too focused on getting a picture that included that pesky tower. Almost all of the dozens of niches contained a statue. The lower rank of niches is mostly empty. Since these would have been easily accessible, the statues were probably destroyed during the Civil War.
The delicate tracery on the ceiling can just be seen in this image.
We asked one of the cathedral priests, who was working nearby what the purpose of the various parts of the church were. He pointed out that the large nave was used primarily for processionals on, for example, the harvest festival. The choir is used for regular services and there is usually enough space for the local parishioners.
This is a Pub.
We have many flat surfaces for you to sit on.
You can drink tasty liquids from see-through conical vessels...
Who could resist?
After our too-short stay in Wells, we were back on the bus to complete our journey to Cornwall. Click your "back" button to continue with us.