On Wednesday 5th April we embarked upon our first monthly “Architectural Visit” – an idea the team had to allow us to learn and be inspired by some of the most iconic buildings in England.
To kick things off we decided to go to Wells Cathedral in Somerset, as it is steeped in history. The Cathedral is built in the Gothic style, brought over from France.
The oldest part of the Cathedral dates all the way back to 705 A.D. Just one part of it took 150 years to build. The detail within every part of this historic building is breathtaking; nearly the whole building is built solely from stone, including hundreds of intricate carvings and portraits of important figures from the time.
One of the most well-known features of the Cathedral are the Scissor Arches which look quite modern, but were constructed from 1338-1348 as a solution to the towers increasing structural issues.
Another impressive part of the Cathedral is the Chapter House – an octagonal room built at first floor level over an undercroft. The Chapter House is known as the “strong room” of the Cathedral; normally this would be an underground Crypt, but due to high ground water levels, this was not a practical option at Wells.
Other interesting details of the Cathedral include;
The clock is the second oldest clock in Britain, and probably in the world in original condition. The work on it started in 1390 and is connected to a clock outside.
The Jesse window in Wells Cathedral is one of the best examples of 14th century stained glass and dated from around 1340.
These are some images of our highlights of the Cathedral; it was hard to choose as there were so many amazing details to see.