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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 31, 2011
From journal Road Trip to Devon and Cornwall
London, United Kingdom
July 18, 2009
From journal A Weekend in Somerset
March 11, 2007
From journal Boys in Bath
by GB from Devizes
Devizes, United Kingdom
December 2, 2004
The western face was originally covered in outstanding coloured sculptures, many of these being removed over the centuries with various architectural improvements. The elaborate decorations are still, however, one of the finest collections of medieval sculpture in England.
The cathedral stands in a quiet close, and the setting can only really be bettered by that of Salisbury. Stretching away to its front are beautifully laid-out gardens, bordered on three sides with old buildings, including the Wells Cathedral School of Music.
Today, the cathedral is still the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and has many later additions to its exterior, including an elaborate astronomical "clock" that indicates phases of the moon, sunrise and sunset times, and other heavenly data.
Riverview, New Brunswick
August 7, 2003
The cathedral itself seems a bit squat, twice as wide in the front as it is tall, but it is nevertheless, impressive. The interior is equally impressive for a number of reasons but the things you will want to see---and will remember---are the scissor arches of the nave. A medieval design, they were meant to keep towers from sinking. The quire or choir is quite striking; parts of it form the oldest part of the cathedral. Just before the quire, on the left is the astronomical clock (1390). It has a 24 hour dial and strikes on the quarter hour (it really is amazing in consideration of its age). When it strikes, mechanical knights joust around its top. Just past the clock, go to the chapter house. The chapter house was a meeting place for clerics, but it's the steps to it, built in 1290, that will amaze the visitor.
Leaving the front doors of the cathedral, go to the right through 15th century gates that lead one to the Vicar's Close. Built to house the men of the choir, it is said to be the oldest continually inhabited street in Europe. The last two sites are the cloisters of the cathedral (to the right as one walks in through the main doors) and the Bishop's Palace. It is immediate to the cathedral and is unmistakeable... it has both walls and a moat. It is open only from April until October.
If you are wandering about in this rather compact town, you will come upon St. Cuthbert's church... it is open all year and is splendid both on the exterior and the interior which features a wooden, decorated roof.
From journal Travels in Wessex, England