Wells (1), Somerset, England
The Market Place, Wells, Somerset, England, Great Britain
Wells, Somerset.

Wells is a small market town but because it has a cathedral it also has the status of a city and, in consequence, is the smallest city in England.

The Market Square where a market is held every Wednesday and Saturday. The towers at the back on the left are part of the cathedral and the gateway on the right is the entrance to the Bishop's Palace.

We stayed in the White Hart Hotel for our visit in August 2008.

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Vicars Close, Wells, Somerset, England, Great Britain
Wells, Somerset.

Vicars Close built in 1360 is the oldest continually inhabited medieval street in Europe.

The houses originally had a living room on the ground floor and bedroom above but most have since been combined into larger dwellings. No 22, however, is in its original form.

The close is entered through a massive arched gateway incorporating the vicars' dining room and kitchen.


The Cathedral, Wells, Somerset, England, Great Britain
Wells, Somerset.

The West Front of St. Andrew's Cathedral, started around 1230, displays one of the largest collections of medieval sculpture in the world. It is 147 feet wide and housed 340 figures of which about 150 were life-size or larger. Not all of the figures remain and some are so badly weathered that they cannot be identified.

The current cathedral was actually begun in 1180 and although the building of the West front started about 50 years later it took nearly 200 years to complete.

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The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, England, Great Britain
Wells, Somerset.

The Bishop's Palace was started in 1206 and the square tower on the right is the Bishop's Chapel which was added at the end of the 13th century.

Wells acquired its name from the springs in the grounds of the Bishop's Palace from which water flows at around 40 gallons per second into the moat which surrounds the palace.

There are 14 acres of really attractive grounds.

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Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England, Great Britain
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

Cheddar, which is only 8 miles from Wells, is where you will see this impressive limestone gorge - Britain's biggest. Torrents of meltwater at the end of the ice age created this gorge and it is not, as is sometimes said, a collapsed cavern.

The village of Cheddar can be seen just beyond the end of the gorge together with the Cheddar Reservoir which is fed by water piped from an underground river in Gough's Cave.

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