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I could only stand in awe at the achievement of the men who built this great building.


The unusual "scissor" arches are a distinctive characteristic of the Wells Cathedral. The master mason, William Joy, added the arches in the mid-fourteenth century as a solution to stabilize the crossing when cracks formed and threatened the structure of the tower above.

Wells 4

I could only stand in awe at the achievement of the men who built this great building.


The unusual "scissor" arches are a distinctive characteristic of the Wells Cathedral. The master mason, William Joy, added the arches in the mid-fourteenth century as a solution to stabilize the crossing when cracks formed and threatened the structure of the tower above.

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Manila, Philippines
  • 18 Aug 2011, 00:58
Gorgeous!

Nicely presented, too, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ray. It has to be one of our best Cathedrals
That is impressive for sure Bill- I love the different views you've shown - the center one especially shows the architectural feat!
Bill Phillips: It is amazing how not only did they resolve a problem but they did it with such an elegant solution
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2011, 07:04
Yes, you are right - "standing in awe"- and I have no words to describe my emotions considering such a beauty! Your photos are excellent, esp. the middle one!!! I wished John Clarke, the Dean of Wells Cathedral, could look at your blog today!
Bill Phillips: Well if he looks on his computer he might find it smile It is a very impressive building
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Aug 2011, 07:47
This is good: you have shown the space inside this vast place very well
Bill Phillips: Thank you young tiffo
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 Aug 2011, 08:44
Wow what a place
Bill Phillips: It certainly is vintage. one of my favourites
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 18 Aug 2011, 09:06
I agree with your sentiments Bill, This sort of thing just makes one feel completely useless.
Bill Phillips: True but then, come to think of it, I am completely useless
very nice collage, well done
Bill Phillips: Thank you Chantal
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain
  • 18 Aug 2011, 09:22
Truly amazing when you think when these cathedrals were built. And all to celebrate the glory of the Creator and show us how small and insignificant we are!
Bill Phillips: There is no doubt these buildings were a means of keeping the peasants in awe and thus obedient!
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Aug 2011, 13:56
Tremendous building, very beautiful to look at and visit smile
Bill Phillips: If anyone has't been and gets the chance it is not to be missed Linda
I just know I would stand in awe also Bill, thanks for bringing this lovely building to us.
Bill Phillips: It is something very special Brian
Superb colage Bill. I shall be standing in awe soon
Bill Phillips: LOL!! It does make you do that!
A very nice set Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Frances
Makes a great triptych smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much indeed John
They certainly knew what they were doing, Bill.
Bill Phillips: They did indeed Tom.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Aug 2011, 18:04
"Joy" is appropriate for this. The middle image is particularly good. I also like the perspective in the first. All make me think that they were taken by a proper photographer wink
Bill Phillips: I had to pay him quite a lot to take them for me. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Aug 2011, 20:09
You certainly know Ken Follett's fascinating novel or film "The Pillars of the Earth" about the difficulties and the mastery efforts to build up a medieval cathedral. Follett said: "When I was creating Kingsbridge for my book, I had Wells Cathedral in mind. In the early to mid-14th Century, the tower at Wells was raised to its present height, which caused structural problems. Stonemasons set about building the magnificent scissor arches to keep the building up - features that still exist today. But the finished building that I described in my book looks like Salisbury Cathedral."
Bill Phillips: I am not a Ken Follett fan having read one of his books...the third twin which i really didn't enjoy. However i have read The spire by William Golding (mainly because Helen had it as an O level book at school and I read it onto tape for her to revise. It is a very strange book
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Aug 2011, 20:16
The arches are just wonderful aren't they Bill, especially like the middle shot.
Bill Phillips: They are indeed Mike. I think the middle picture gives an idea of the combination of great strength and the wonderfully artistic way that strength has been achieved
Very awe-inspiring indeed. Beautiful in every way.
Bill Phillips: It is Mary. a wonderful building
This is a fantastic montage that you have used to show is so much of this magnificent Cathedral Bill....i am in awe of the beauty of it....petersmile
Bill Phillips: It is an awe inspiring building Peter

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