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    Posted: 11 January 2021 at 13:33
Hi Everyone,

Just a few from our short break in September (how long ago that seems now...) in Somerset where we took in a few locations we had always said we would visit given the opportunity. Wells was high on that list and we were not disappointed - what a beautiful location and not just the cathedral; the whole town had a lovely relaxed feel to it and we will definitely return (whenever that may be....). anyway, on to the images:

1. Cloister Windows



2. St. Andrews Cross Arches



3. Closer Arches View



4. View Towards the Lady Chapel



5. Choir View



6. Crossroads



7. To The Chapter House



8. Memorial



9. Chapel of St Martin - To The Sons Of Somerset Fallen in 1914 - 1918



10. Crowned Font



11. Heavenly Light

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12. A Complexity of Arches



Potentially a few more to come from here and the wider environs of Wells.

Thanks for looking and comments always welcome.

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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A neat set of images there - giving a real good feel of the atmosphere inside - "cool and quiet" is my take-away.

The worn steps on the left in #7 are really fun to see.
Very telling of the age this place.

I'm not a historian but have always enjoyed old buildings. I wonder if you were to interview a group modern day architects and ask if any of them consider the true life expectancy of the buildings they design today (it is probably part of their brief). I doubt any of today's projects have the budget or thoughts to still be standing in 600-800 years time. Society/Finance is a bit different today. But then I don't know if the builders in the 1200s, for example, were expecting their work to still be in use today.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2021 at 19:36
What a lovely set of images from an interesting place.
I like the B&W one best. A bit of a personal bias, I suppose, towards the greyscale.
I can easily imagine myself spending a few hours in the place and having a blast!
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Very nice series in your famous style Neil, all a joy to watch. I think #6 is my favourite, the combination between mirror and rotational symmetry is striking and gives that shot something special.

I know why you put #8 in landscape orientation, but I think in portrait it will look more natural. But that just may be the effect you want to achieve.

Looking forward to more from your visit.
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Beautiful set Neil!
I'll go for #6 and 7
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Neil,
What a superb set of images you've lovingly taken and presented here.
Wells Cathedral is one of the masterpieces of English Gothic architecture that I remember studying at Uni, and that I finally got to visit when I was in the UK in 2017.
The St.Andrew's Cross arches are unique and surprisingly fluid for something sculpted stone.
As always, you complement the overall with fine close-up details. A delight to see.

Very difficult to single out any favourites, but if pressed, mine would be ##1, 4, 6, 10 and 12.

As a PS - I wonder whether you also photographed the wonderfully preserved Vicars' Close Wells, Somerset across the road from the Cathedral? If so, I'd love to see your images of that, too.






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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

Neil,

As a PS - I wonder whether you also photographed the wonderfully preserved Vicars' Close Wells, Somerset across the road from the Cathedral? If so, I'd love to see your images of that, too.


Patience, Joe - patience.....

Thanks for the kind words all - and I do have a few more to share from here at some point soon.

Take care and best regards, Neil.
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Terrific set all Neil.    Brought back memories for me as I was a driving examiner in the “city” of Wells in the 1990s for a time. It is a city as it has the magnificent cathedral, but in reality is no larger than a small town. There was only one mini roundabout, with only two exits, and the driving test routes struggled to offer a proper challenge so it was closed down, but not without much protesting from the locals, who had to travel to Weston Super Mare for their tests.

I often used to wander over to the cathedral grounds during lunch breaks, but sadly I wasn’t a keen photographer then.
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Hi Brian - yes; you are correct in that I should have referred to it as a City but that just sits a little awkwardly when one sees just how compact the place is, hence I dropped 'town' into the preamble! I suspect it's a little busier than you recall it but the excursion to Weston for a driving test must have been a real blow for the locals!

Thanks for the comments and take care all.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2021 at 09:56
Beautifully photographed Neil, and brings back memories of my 1999 vist where we stayed overnight on the Sustrans Wet country Way cycle route. In my diary I wrote "There is an overwhelming sense of the mediaeval power of the church in the town centre". Vicars Close is beautiful and the gargoyles on the cathedral exterior could provide hours of entertainmet.

My favourite image is the first one for the shadow of the window leading against the wall.
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A great set, reminds me a little of the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

Cloister Windows and Crossroads are my favorites, thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, Neil -- I always enjoy your visits to these grand old churches. I love the symmetry and graceful curves. And as always, you have presented your subject(s) well.
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