Wells Cathedral, west front, Somerset

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Andrew
Became a Cathedral in 909

Wells is one of England's best-loved Cathedrals. It seems small and neat, but is actually considerably larger once inside.

The west front is one of the jewels of English church architecture and, although the two spires planned for the towers were never completed, it is perfect looking.

The original Cathedral from 909 is long since swamped by Medieaval work, the west front dating to around 1180.

Wells Cathedral, from the Bishop's Palace Gardens

Inside Wells is famous for its scissor-arches, more delicate versions of standard Cathedral arches dating to circa 1340. Dating to the same time is the magnificent Golden Window overlooking the Choir.

Although there was never a monastery here, Wells Cathedral has a cloister dating to around 1500.

Today the Cathedral is the seat of the Bishops of Bath and Wells and is one of the smallest Cities in the UK. Next door is the fortified Bishop's Palace, from which you can get a better idea of the size of the Cathedral than you can from outside the West Front.

Photos - Andrew J. Müller

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