Wells Cathedral: No trip to Wells would be complete without a visit to Wells Cathedral. Perhaps the most beautiful of the English cathedrals, marvel at the wonderful display of medieval statues on the West Front, the graceful scissor arches, the humorous carvings on the pillars, and the deep colours of the stained glass.
TheWells Cathedral Clock is an astronomical clock in the north transept of the cathedral. The clock is one of the group of famous 14th to 16th century astronomical clocks to be found in the West of England. The surviving mechanism, dated to between 1386 and 1392, was replaced in the 19th century, and was eventually moved to the Science Museum in London, where it continues to operate. The dial represents the geocentric view of the universe, with sun and moon revolving round a central fixed earth. On the hour, joisting knights revolve at the top of the clock, whilst the figure Jack Blandiver chims the bells.
Another dial is mounted on the outside wall, driven from the same mechanism. This was first installed in the 14th or 15th centuries, but has been restored a number of times. www.wellscathedral.org.uk
For a different perspective of this wonderful building, take a High Parts Tour. Bookable in advance, you've the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of stone masons with a behind-the-scenes tours of Wells Cathedral's High Parts.
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