Wells Cathedral

by Helen Hooker April. 15, 2011 4195 views

On my way to Cheddar today I stopped off in Wells to have a look around the Cathedral. It??s a building I??ve wanted to visit for a long while and I wasn??t disappointed. It has the most amazing scissor arches which were built between 1338 and 1348 to support a collapsing tower. They??re such a striking shape that it??s easy to assume they??re a much more modern addition to the cathedral. In many ways Wells reminds me of Beverley Minster, particularly with the number of faces carved into the stonework ?? everywhere you look there are faces peering down at you. Another highlight was the ascent to the Chapter House where you can clearly see how centuries of feet have worn the stone steps away. I to wait patiently for a clear shot but it was worth it. The first two shots I??ve posted here were both taken either sitting or lying in the centre of the nave ?? luckily it was quiet so no one saw me. I wasn??t sure if tripods were allowed in the Cathedral so I sneaked my gorillapod in and set it up on the floor. I did try to capture the ceiling sitting down but it was just so much easier to get everything lined up when I was lying flat on the floor!

The Cathedral's magificent scissor arches. Click to enlarge for the full sense of awe!

The ceiling of the nave

Steps to the Chapter House

One of the Cathedral's many faces. I found this chap in the choir stalls.

The imposing west front.

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Tom 6 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful capture beautiful building

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Renato Martins 6 years, 2 months ago

Great set.

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Milton Jacob 6 years, 2 months ago

awsome!! love the face very much along with the magnificant structures

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Andrea 6 years, 2 months ago

Wooooow, amazing!

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Jarvo Laysell 6 years, 2 months ago

Magnificent set. I really like number 2 for its abstract qualities, but I think the one of the chapter house steps is the most impressive.

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Eiram 6 years, 2 months ago

The second shot is absolutely perfect! Into my favs!

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Carole 6 years, 2 months ago

I love this Cathedral. I came out with a stiff neck last time. It is an amazing place.
Wonderful photographs. I particularly love those worn steps. I was entranced by them when I went, so many years ago now and I didn't have a CAMERA!?!

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 2 months ago

Oh WOW, Helen, such shots!!! You always amaze me!!

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Piotrek 6 years, 2 months ago

Truly beautiful set! First one is very impressive :)

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Lynda 6 years, 2 months ago

Great set Helen

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Josy 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow! Excellent and 2 and 3 are my favorites in this set

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Mark 6 years, 2 months ago

Amazing photos! I enjoyed all the angles you shared here.

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Marsha 6 years, 2 months ago

Wow, fantastic angles, Helen....really wonderful captures of this amazing structure!

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Leahthomas 6 years, 2 months ago

Such a beautiful building. Great photos too.

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Anna 6 years, 2 months ago

Amazing.. what a building.. Great photos, Helen! :)

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D 6 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful... Where is this exactly?

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David Cardona 6 years, 2 months ago

Magnificient post! Perfect lighting and amazing perspectives. Thanks for sharing!

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ittakesallsorts 6 years, 2 months ago

Brilliant - great angles and light - just lovely ;-)

6 years, 2 months ago Edited
Goldbrandi 6 years, 2 months ago

Wooow!Nice!

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