Wells is the one of the smallest Cathedral cities in England and is near to the village of Cheddar (previous post). It is ideal for timing to combine both places and visit them on the same day.
The name Wells originates from three wells in the historic centre dedicated to the memory of St Andrew. The example above is the one found in the market place. Although of minor importance in Roman times, Wells became prominent in Saxon times when the King of Wessex organised the building of a church around 700 AD.
In the Middle Ages, it became a cloth making centre which decreased in importance although the market tradition carried on to this day.
|Market place lamp, Wells|
|Doorway to market ( Penniless Porch)|
It is unfortunate that in the city of the "three wells" that I only have a photographic record of one of them, so as an alternative.... I bring you the city of three doorways !!
|Doorway to house|
|Doorway to Cathedral|
|Looking over the wall|
Although there is evidence to suggest that parts of the cathedral date back to the 10th century, it is accepted that most of it is built in the 12th century with surrounding walls, buildings and entrances (Bishop's Eye and Penniless Porch) completing the enclosed area during the mid 15th century.
|Vicar's close, Wells|
On the opposite side of the Cathedral stands The Bishop's Palace which has been their home since the early 13th century.
The Gatehouse and moat built to protect it were built a little later during the 14th century...
With the temptations of the market and the price of some of the more salubrious shops today, I felt that I could follow this ("shop till you drop") woman and take my seat in the ancient begging place called ....Penniless Porch !! ....
|Penniless Porch, Wells|