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Wells Cathedral

Rainwater falls on the Mendips and then ‘pots’ of water are formed where the water is pushed up by geological formations. The area dates to 3000 yrs BC with a neolithic settlement and even today there is water bubbling up continually. It’s in the garden at the front entrance to the cathedral and beside the main high street of Wells where there are streams of water running downhill in the narrow street.

There are three possible arches to pass through to reach the cathedral Green large and very quiet. First I visit the ‘Deans Garden’ for no better reason than that it is open today. The garden creator is no less than the father of English botany and volunteers have restored the garden to splendour.

However, nothing but nothing prepares you for the grandeur of the west front. This cathedral is in all the textbooks because when its’ West tower started to lean, great scissor arches were placed inside the cathedral by a medieval architect around 1338. Then there’s the cathedral clock where knights have been knocking one another off their horses for hundreds of years on the hour every hour and enchanting many children in the process who sit and wait for it to happen.

There are yellow and red stained glass windows at the rear and I learn that the large stained glass window of Jesse escaped destruction during the Civil War. Today the sun still filters through these ancient colours and lands like magic on the interior of the stone cathedral.