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Wells 2

I believe that Wells Cathedral is adorned with more medieval statues than any other in Europe. However this does not seem to impress the birds much.


I have got to work today...off to Penarth to see a play installation at a school. Hope it doesn't rain!

Wells 2

I believe that Wells Cathedral is adorned with more medieval statues than any other in Europe. However this does not seem to impress the birds much.


I have got to work today...off to Penarth to see a play installation at a school. Hope it doesn't rain!

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 16 Aug 2011, 00:43
And...all bird-loving lepers, I see...
Bill Phillips: Hahahaha! i hadn't thought of that
Au contraire! I think they appear very impressed!
Bill Phillips: No mean feat impressing a pigeon
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2011, 06:29
The figure in the middle (also a king?) wished to hold a pigeon in his hand, too! A fine find and observation! Yes, you could study the more than 300 figures on the Westfacade of the cathedral for hours - as our guide said the whole history of salvation from the creation to the last judgement has been depictured - the westfacade is like an opened picture- book, and in the evening sun it is golden shining as I could experience while the pigeons are circling around the cathedral full of joy. Wells Cathedral is my favourite cathedral!
Bill Phillips: It is a wonderful building Philine and has the ability to make you stand in awe of it, like Ely does
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Aug 2011, 06:58
The Stooges in old age! I hope it doesn't rain either because I will be walking in Dorset all day
Bill Phillips: It poured down in Cardiff but at home now it is quite sunny if a little windy. hope you had a good walk in Dorset ( A lovely county)
nice framing them all three
Bill Phillips: Thanks Chantal
I think the next time I am in the UK, I would like to visit Wells Cathedral.
Bill Phillips: You would not be disappointed it is magnificent as the next few pictures try to show
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 16 Aug 2011, 08:46
Work!!! that is truly awful Bill. Stay in bed for a week afterwards to aid your recovery. I quite like your presentation here and am always astounded at your large volume of knowledge.
Bill Phillips: I am a walking encyclopaedia Chad... well no i just googled it on Wiki!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2011, 09:25
Chad should know: St. Andrew’s Cathedral of Wells! The often a bit grey looking sandstone is said to have caught the sunlight of centuries, therefore it is glittering like honey-heavenly gold in the warm evening-light. Do imagine the figures once covered with colour paint and gold!
Frances, you must have seen Wells Cathedral, it is one of the magic places in our world!
Bill Phillips: I agree that Frances should make a visit. It is a wonderful place
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Aug 2011, 11:24
Pigeons never show great appreciation of anything apart from breadcrumbs perhaps. Its raining heavily here (Bath) so I suspect you are out of luck!
Bill Phillips: It poured down in Cardiff, but now i am home the sun is out!
I'm looking forward to visiting there in September
Bill Phillips: Well worth the visit Janet. It is many years since we last went and I had almost forgotten just how beautiful it is
Somewhere I've never been to, it is a bit of a stretch from us unfortuantely for a quick visit.
Bill Phillips: Well worth a visit if you can Brian. I think you would love it
They all seem to have suffered from some dreadful disease that cause their hands to fall off - assuming that the sculptor was giving a true representation, of course smile
Bill Phillips: Perhaps the sculptor wasn't very good at hands. I have heard that painters find hands difficult
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Aug 2011, 19:51
I really like your presentation the statues may be old but they still have good detail, Wells is a lovely place smile,
Bill Phillips: It is and the cathedral is just wonderful
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2011, 20:52
Unfortunately, reformatory bigots destroyed some of the sculptures by iconoclastic actions- apart from other influences that may explain the bad state of many figures.
Bill Phillips: Sad that so many religions do not practice the tolerance they preach Philine
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 16 Aug 2011, 22:39
They certainly don't seem to be showing much respect for the ancient statues. what has happened to their hands?! I hope you had a good time in Penarth - I know it well as I grew up just around the corner about 2 miles away. Nowadays it seems to be joined to Cardiff but in my day it was a completely separate town with its own particular atmosphere. Some lovely houses there.
I must visit Wells, these seem to have suffered from the elements.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdomtoo.
  • 17 Aug 2011, 06:40
Looks like these people were bad card players; they a lll seem to have lost their handssmile

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