ST5545 : West Front, Wells Cathedral

taken 10 years ago, near to Wells, Somerset, England

West Front, Wells Cathedral
West Front, Wells Cathedral
The magnificent West Front (ca1230) of Wells Cathedral is 100 feet high and 150 feet wide. It rises in three distinct stages, each clearly defined by a horizontal course.

At the lowest level of the fašade is a plain base, contrasting with and stabilising the ornate arcades that rise above it. Above the basement rise two storeys, ornamented with quatrefoils and niches originally holding about four hundred statues, with three hundred surviving until the mid-20th century. Many of the figures are life-sized or larger. The West Front contains one of the largest galleries of mediŠval sculpture in the World. Starting in the lower niches with biblical scenes, it rises through kings, bishops and orders of angels to the twelve apostles with Christ over all.

The third stages of the flanking towers were both built in the Perpendicular style of the late 14th century; that on the north-west was not begun until about 1425.
Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.

The first church on the site was established in AD705. The present building, dating from between 1175 and 1490, with its broad west front and large central tower, is a significant landmark and the dominant feature of this small cathedral city.

The architecture of the cathedral presents a harmonious whole, being entirely Gothic and mostly in a single style, the Early English Gothic of the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

The cathedral is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building (English heritage ID:483287 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings) and scheduled monument

LinkExternal link Wells Cathedral official website

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 10 December, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 December, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5509 4589 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:12.6263N 2:38.6580W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5505 4586
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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