Wells Cathedral High Parts Tour

Wells Cathedral fom the air - Balloon Flight, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN1089 (2005)

Wells Cathedral fom the air – Balloon Flight, Somerset, UK. ID DSCN1089 (2005)

Wells is the smallest city in Somerset and the whole of England.  Its cathedral is one of the best anywhere.  And now you can take a tour of the its high parts.  May be not this high, you need a balloon for that, but high enough to see many of its hidden secrets.  Its a must for anyone interested in architecture, history or just going somewhere very few get to go.  Book a tour.

The High Parts Tour

A mini-adventure into the hidden secret world of this beautiful cathedral.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2316

The templates for the stone work.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2290

The patterns were traced out on the floor of this low room.  The cut marks easily visible today.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2326

The roof space timbers.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2381

Above the ornate arches are these rough sone work domes.  Each dip has its own drainage hole just in case it fills with water.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2379

Our guide was knew every thing.  Here, he is the behind the front wall of the cathedral.  The rows of trumpet holes were used to create a wall of noise for those on the green that could not fit in.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2400

Below is the picture everyone on the tour wants. There is plenty of time to take pictures while listening to the guide.  You are only supposed to take cameras that can fit in your pockets.  I had my small Nikon 1 compact.  Others with their full frame digital SLRs must have had very large pockets.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2350

Now the picture virtually no body takes.  But I love these details,  how a building that is hundreds of years old becomes covered in modern wires.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2337

And Finally…

This was as high as we got.  A view through a window over the Bishops Palace.

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Cathedral High Tour – Wells, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_2407

There is lots more to see, including the cathedral’s famous clock, gargoyles and oyster shells.

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