Saturday Snapshots #74

by Jeanne on January 23, 2010

in Photography, Saturday Snapshots

2008 - Wells Cathedral 

Wells Cathedral - January 2008

The first time I heard of the city of Wells in Somerset was as a student in South Africa – not through one of my academic courses, but through my love of the Blackadder TV series, where mention is made of the "baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells".  Amazing what you can learn from TV :)

What I didn't learn was that Wells is home to a spectacular cathedral, built between 1175 and 1490, mostly in the Early English style.  The eastern end has retained much original glass (in fact, the cathedral is home to one of the most substantial collections of Mediaeval stained glass in England).  The exterior has a splendid Early English façade and a large central tower, as can be seen above.

The current bishop of Bath and Wells was appointed in 2001, and it is widely accepted that he has not eaten any babies ;-)

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  All photos featured in Saturday Snapshots are available to buy as greeting cards or prints in my RedBubble store, including the new Year of Saturday Snapshots calendar, an A3-size calendar bringing together the most popular images from the first year of Saturday Snapshots.  Feel free to browse - it makes a great gift!

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake January 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm

I went here when I was a teenager, it was a beautiful cathedral. I think there was some kind of interesting clock on the side of it?

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nina January 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

My children often tell me how much they can learn from the cartoon network……beautiful pic, Jeanne!!!

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Rumandreason January 24, 2010 at 10:19 pm

There’s no shame in learning from Blackadder… taught me all the history I know!

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Manggy January 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I love these Gothic facades of churches– I can never capture them very well, though. Well done! :)

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Manggy January 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I love these Gothic facades of churches– I can never capture them very well, though. Well done! :)

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Firefly January 25, 2010 at 7:40 am

That is an awesome building. I wich I could travel to Europe and spend a lot of time exploring its historic past.

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Jamie January 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

LOL! You are funny! And I get all of my information about Great Britain from Brit Lit whether Charles Dickens or any number of contemporary murder mystery writers. Livens it all up a bit, doncha think? Beatiful photograph, Jeanne.

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Marisa January 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Just like a postcard! You are amazingly talented Jeanne.

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deeba January 29, 2010 at 2:20 am

Spectacular picture Jeanne. Beautiful architecture indeed! How beautifully you got it in the frame!!

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