Wells Cathedral…a Must See



Wells Cathedral, Somerset

On our current tour we couldn’t leave Somerset without visiting Wells Cathedral. Lets give it its proper name  ” The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrews”.

Like most Cathedrals, Wells Cathedral is built on an earlier religious site this one dating back to around 700ad.  The Cathedral we see today was built between 1175 and1490.

Whilst the exterior is dramatic, bold and finely detailed it is the interior in a Gothic style  equally bold but could well be mistaken for a contemporary design that takes most visitors by surprise…. crisp modern yet full of the usual overpowering sense of being.

Wells is also the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells and an equally stylish Bishops Palace hides its charms away behind the Cathedral… and missed by many.

So share with us a brief visit to Wells Cathedral…




Apart from the Cathedral, Wells is a lovely City (on a small scale) to visit.  But it is well and truly on the Tourist Trail…Coach Parties are a major feature in visitor numbers. So pop along late afternoon for a more peaceful atmosphere in the Cathedral and if you are there around 6pm you can listen to the music and singing of Evensong echoing round the high ceilings of the nave…enjoy


6th July

(C) David Oakes 2018




Sunday …..So Off to Church


Stand in Awe

The Nave, Tewkesbury Abbey

Now lets give this magnificent structure its full ‘Sunday Name’…… it is The Abbey Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury.   Founded in the 12th century, but like many of our old religious buildings it is on a site of worship dating back to the 6th century.

Of course it has been repaired and restored regularly since then, after all if you had been standing for nearly 10 centuries, you to would have need of some care and attention!

I have mentioned before that my visits to Church, Abbey or Cathedral is not driven by any religious need or desire.  None the less here in Tewkesbury Abbey you can but stand in awe of  the Architecture…..  its sheer size and drama is stunning  but also of the skill, craftsmanship and vision of those who created and toiled to create a structure still to be much admired today.

Indeed it is more noticeable, here than in many of the other major historic religious buildings I have visited, that it has an immediate visual impact as you enter.

Visitors just stand in awe, taking in all that is above, often appearing rooted to the spot. Once totally satisfied they then explore all else that the Abbey has to offer.

30th April

(c) David Oakes 2017



Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgia


Harvest Time…

The end of summer and the harvest if not already in, is near completion. The orchard and hedgerows give up their seasonal bounty and many a kitchen carry the aroma of jam making and baking.

Nostalgic scenes and nostalgic smells to re-awaken the senses.

Just an idea for the weeks Daily Post Photo Challenge topic of Nostalgia.

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30th September

(C) David Oakes 2016