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Wells Cathedral

 

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  • The west front of Wells Cathedral
  • Wells Cathedral Central Tower
  • The west front of Wells Cathedral

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  • Wells Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells which is shared jointly with Bath Abbey although in modern times the Bishop has set exclusively at Wells.
  • The site has been a place of worship since at least the Roman times with archaeologists having discovered a mausoleum. The first church was built there in the early 8th century.
  • Work on the cathedral started in the 10th century although most of it is later medieval Gothic architecture.
  • Amongst the building's most famous features are the "scissor arches" erected underneath the tower to transfer the pressure the weight was placing on its support. This was constructed by William Joy in 1338.

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Architect
Jocelyn of Wells
Developer
Diocese of Bath and Wells
Renovation Architect
Anthony Salvin
Structural Engineer
William Joy

Reference Data

Reference No.
391
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
29-03-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Cathedral Green, Wells. BA5 2PA
Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
County
Somerset
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
950
Completion date
1424
Renovation Date
1847
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
48.70

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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