Around Wells Cathedral and The Chained Library

Wells is the smallest city in the UK. Its status as a city dates from medieval times, and depends on its stunning cathedral complex.

It’s been a filming location for a number of productions including ‘Poldark’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ – the high street and market place are immediately recognisable from the climactic shoot-out scene.

 

Ceiling of Wells Cathedral

 

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Wells Cathedral

When we visited, the cathedral was home to another film crew, working on something secretive that needed a big black balloon hanging aboce the Nave. I subsequently found out they were working on the new Hellboy film!

 

But back to the cathedral. It’s interior i simple but beautiful, full of curves and light. It’s home to what’s believed to be the second oldest clock mechanism in the UK, and a procession of knights do jousting rounds every quarter hour.

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Medieval Clock, Wells Cathedral

 

It’s also possible to tour The Chained Library, which houses books published before 1800. I settled for photographing the books through the gate. Although I know they’re chained up to prevent theft, I prefer the idea that they’re alive (and rather grumpy).

 

Chained Library, Wells Cathedral

 

Wells is a lovely place to visit and quick to get round being so small. I advise getting off the high street to find good food places and to explore as much as possible.

 

Vicar’s Close, Wells, Somerset

 

Have you ever visited Wells?

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