St. Andrew's Cathedral (1), Wells, Somerset Location Map
 
  The cathedral at dusk, Wells, Somerset, England   Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

The West Front at dusk seen from the cathedral green near Brown's Gatehouse.

The cathedral is not floodlit at night - the illumination comes from street lights round about.

There is no entrance charge for going into the cathedral but they do hope for a donation and suggest a sum which they think that you should give. There is a small charge for photography.

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  The central tower from within the cloisters, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England   Wells Cathedral, Somerset

This view of the West Tower can be seen from within the space enclosed by the Cloisters.

This shows the two-tone effect with the round columns being constructed using a blue-grey stone and the rest being built with the typical yellow stone.

 

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  The Cloisters, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England   Wells Cathedral, Somerset

The Cloisters were first built in the 13th century and were then extensively remodelled in the 15th century. They are unusual in that part of them, at least, has two stories.

 

 

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  The cathedral from the path to Dulcote, Wells, Somerset, England   Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

This view of the cathedral, showing the two towers on the West Front together with the Central Tower, is seen from the footpath to Dulcote.

 

 

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  The Nave, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England   Wells Cathedral, Somerset.

The Nave showing the distinctive 'scissor' arch under the central tower. After the tower height had been increased and a spire added the lower parts of the tower began to buckle under the strain.

The solution was to add the very elegant 'scissor' arch construction for added support. That appears to have stabilised the structure as it has lasted for nearly 700 years without any further movement but when the spire burned down in the 15th century no one dared rebuild it.

 

 

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