Wells Cathedral

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Wells Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, commonly known as Wells Cathedral, is an Anglican cathedral in Wells, Somerset. The cathedral, dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle, is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Unfortunately there were a couple of white vans and workmen with scaffolding at the entrance on the day we visited, hence the curtailed view of the entrance.

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Wells Cathedral clock

The north transept with its Medieval clock face.

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HFF

After a morning spent looking round a garden, I thought it was only fair to drive along to the nearest airfield, to do some plane watching. ;-) HFF everyone.

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Tulip Time at Tyntesfield

Latest news: www.ipernity.com/doc/serola/44613266 Christopher - Tulips More to my taste: Chris Barber Jazz & Blues Band - When You Wore a Tulip

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Tyntesfield House and Chapel

Latest news: www.ipernity.com/doc/serola/44613266 This wonderful property, now owned by the National Trust, was purchased in 1843 by the Gibbs family, who made a fortune in the family business, Antony Gibbs & Sons. From 1847 the firm had an effective monopoly in the import and marketing to Europe and North America of guano from Peru as a fertilizer. This was mined by indentured Chinese labour on the Chincha Islands in conditions which the Peruvian government acknowledged in 1856 had degenerated "into a kind of Negro slave trade". The firm's profits from this trade were such that William Gibbs became the richest non-noble man in England.

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Tyntesfield

This wonderful property, now owned by the National Trust, was purchased in 1843 by the Gibbs family, who made a fortune in the family business, Antony Gibbs & Sons. From 1847 the firm had an effective monopoly in the import and marketing to Europe and North America of guano from Peru as a fertilizer. This was mined by indentured Chinese labour on the Chincha Islands in conditions which the Peruvian government acknowledged in 1856 had degenerated "into a kind of Negro slave trade". The firm's profits from this trade were such that William Gibbs became the richest non-noble man in England. To find out more about Tyntesfield. look here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyntesfield Noel Coward - "The Stately Homes of England"

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Mary Rand's Very Long Long Jump

6.76 m (22 ft 2 in) Mary Rand (GBR) Tokyo, Japan 14 October 1964

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Croquet at Bishops Palace

The Bishop's Palace and accompanying Bishops House at Wells in the English county of Somerset, is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. It has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building. In the 14th century, Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury continued the building. He had an uneasy relationship with the citizens of Wells, partly because of his imposition of taxes, and surrounded his palace with crenellated walls, a moat and a drawbridge. IMA News: www.ipernity.com/blog/1058283/4663848

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Vicars' Close

Vicars' Close, in Wells, Somerset, England, is claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe. John Julius Norwich calls it "that rarest of survivals, a planned street of the mid-14th century". It comprises numerous Grade I listed buildings, comprising 27 residences (originally 44), built for Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury, a chapel and library at the north end, and a hall at the south end, over an arched gate. The Close is about 460 feet (140 m) long, and paved with setts. Its width is tapered by 10 feet (3.0 m) to make it look longer when viewed from the main entrance nearest the cathedral.
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