Wells Cathedral - Photo Gallery
Why this on the Bampton web-site? Because th beautiful little city of Wells is only just over an hour's journey from Bampton, and is a highly recommended day out.
Wells Cathedral is small as English cathedrals go, and the city in which it stands, snuggled in below the Mendip Hills in Somerset, is likewise quite small having a population of only about 10,000. Wells is full of old buildings and cobbled streets, and visitors may spend many a happy hour enjoying their stay. The construction of the present cathedral began in the 12th century, and lasted about 250 years - and of course, there have been many refurbishments since then.
There is also a splendid moated Bishop's Palace and award-winning gardens.
On the right are the steps up to the Chapter House - now repaired after centuries of tramping feet had worn them down.
The SLIDE SHOW at the bottom of this page gives you a choice of larger images of the cathedral and its environs.
As well as the architecture of the cathedral, make sure you see the famous astronomical clock in the north transcept (be there 'on the hour' to watch knights riding around, and 'Jack' chiming the hour with his feet, and striking with his hammer).
You can pause any picture by moving the mouse or pointer over it.