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Wells

Wells shown within Somerset
Population 10,406
OS grid reference ST545455
District Mendip
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WELLS
Postcode district BA5
Dial code 01749
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament Wells
European Parliament South West England
List of places: UKEnglandSomerset

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Wells is a small cathedral city and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset, England, nestling in the Mendip Hills. The name Wells derives from the three wells dedicated to Saint Andrew, one in the market place and two within the grounds of the Bishop's Palace and cathedral.[1] During the Middle Ages these Wells were thought to have curative powers[2] The Fountain of Life in front of the city hall Cathedral City is a city located in Riverside County, California. ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... Categories: Stub | Somerset ... This article is about the county of Somerset in England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem specific to England — the anthem of the United Kingdom is God Save the Queen. See also Proposed English National Anthems. ... The Mendip Hills (commonly called The Mendips) are a range of limestone hills (karst) situated to the south of Bristol and Bath in north Somerset, England. ... Saint Andrew (Greek: Ανδρέας, Andreas), called in the Orthodox tradition Protocletos, or the First-called, is a Christian Apostle and the younger brother of Saint Peter. ...

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History

The City was a Roman settlement but only became an important centre under the Saxons when King Ine of Wessex founded a minster church in 704. Two hundred years later, this became the seat of the local Bishop; but by 1091, this had been removed to Bath. This caused severe arguments between the canons of Wells and the monks of Bath until the bishopric was renamed as the 'Diocese of Bath & Wells', to be elected by both religious houses. Wells became a borough some time before 1160 when Bishop Robert granted its first charter. Fairs were granted to the City before 1160. Ancient Rome was a civilization that grew from a small agricultural community founded on the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BC to a massive empire straddling the Mediterranean Sea. ... For other uses, see Saxon (disambiguation). ... Ine (died 728) was the King of Wessex from 688 to 726, noted particularly for his code of laws. ... Events Justinian II re-takes the throne of the Byzantine Empire Cenred succeeds to the throne of Mercia after his uncle Aethelred abdicates to become abbot of Bardney Births Deaths Adamnan, abbot of Iona (b. ... Henry, son of William I attempted a coup against his brothers but failed to seize the English throne. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... Events Eric IX of Sweden is succeeded by Karl Sverkersson. ...


Wells was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Welle, from the Old English wiells.[3] A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ... Old English (also called Anglo-Saxon[1], Old English: ) is an early form of the English language that was spoken in parts of what is now England and southern Scotland between the mid-fifth century and the mid-twelfth century. ...


English Civil War

During the English Civil War, Parliamentarian troops used the Cathedral to stable their horses and damaged much of the ornate sculpture by using it for firing practice. William Penn is said to have passed through Wells shortly before leaving for America, spending a night at The Crown Inn. For other uses, see English Civil War (disambiguation). ... William Penn William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the English North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


PoW Camp

During World War II, Stoberry Park in Wells was the location of a Prisoner of War camp, housing Italian prisoners from the Western Desert Campaign, and later German prisoners post the Battle of Normandy Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The Western Desert Campaign was the primary early theatre of the North African Campaign of World War II. It is sometimes referred to as the Egypt-Libya Campaign. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Canada Free France Poland Germany Commanders Dwight Eisenhower (Supreme Allied Commander) Bernard Montgomery (land) Bertram Ramsay (sea) Trafford Leigh-Mallory (air) Omar Bradley (U.S. 1st Army) Miles Dempsey (UK 2nd Army) Harry Crerar (Canadian 1st Army) Gerd von Rundstedt (OB WEST) Erwin Rommel (Heeresgruppe...


Railways

Wells has had three railway stations. The first station, Priory Road, opened in 1859 and was on the Somerset Central Railway (later the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway) as the terminus of a short branch from Glastonbury. A second railway, the East Somerset, opened a branch line from Witham in 1862 and built a station to the east of Priory Road. In 1870, a third railway, the Cheddar Valley line branch of the Bristol and Exeter Railway from Yatton, reached Wells and built yet another station, later called Tucker Street. Matters were somewhat simplified when the Great Western Railway acquired both the Cheddar Valley and the East Somerset lines and built a link between the two that ran through the S&DJR's Priory Road station. In 1878, when through trains began running between Yatton and Witham, the East Somerset station closed, but through trains did not stop at Priory Road until 1934. Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR) was an English railway company jointly owned by the Midland Railway and the London and South Western Railway. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The former start of the branch at Yatton is now the Strawberry Line railway walk The Cheddar Valley line was a railway line that ran from Yatton railway station through Wells, Cheddar, Shepton Mallet to Witham. ... William Spreats print shows the original St Davids station, built by the Hoopers in Pennyroyal Fields in 1844. ... Yatton is a village in North Somerset, England. ... The original Bristol Temple Meads station, first terminus of the GWR, is the building to the left of this picture The Great Western Railway (GWR) was a British railway company, linking South West England, the West Country and South Wales with London. ... 1878 (MDCCCLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Priory Road closed to passenger traffic in 1951 when the S&DJR branch line from Glastonbury was shut, though it remained the city's main goods depot. Tucker Street closed in 1963 under the Beeching Axe, which closed the Yatton to Witham line to passengers. Goods traffic to Wells ceased in 1964. Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


Today

Following construction of the A39/A371 bypass, Wells has returned to being a pleasant market city situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills. It has all the modern conveniences plus charm, interesting shops, hotels and restaurants. The local football side is Wells City F.C., past winners of the Western League. The film Hot Fuzz was mainly filmed in Wells, as director Edgar Wright is a native. The A39 is a major road in south west England. ... The A370 is a primary road in England running from Wincanton in Somerset, to Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset. ... Wells City F.C. is a football club based in Somerset, England. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Hot Fuzz is a 2007 British police action comedy film written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. ... Edgar Wright at Comic Con in San Diego Edgar Wright (born 18 April 1974 in Poole, Dorset) is an English film and television director. ...


Cathedral

Main article: Wells Cathedral
The west front of Wells Cathedral
The west front of Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral is the cathedral of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells. Parts date back to the 10th century. It is known for its fine fan vaulted ceilings, Lady Chapel and windows, and the scissor arches which support the central tower. Together with the Bishop's Palace (still used by the Bishop of Bath and Wells) Wells has been an ecclesiastical City of importance for hundreds of years. The cathedral is a grade I listed building.[4] The west front, completed c. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2748x2068, 1378 KB) The west front of Wells Cathedral, Wells, England. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2748x2068, 1378 KB) The west front of Wells Cathedral, Wells, England. ... The west front, completed c. ... The west front, completed c. ... The Church of England logo since 1998 The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ... The Diocese of Bath and Wells is an administrative division of the Church of England Province of Canterbury in England. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 10th century was that century which lasted from 901 to 1000. ... The Bishops Palace, also known as Greshams Castle, is an ornate Victorian home located on Broadway and 14th Street in the East End Historic District of Galveston, Texas. ... The Bishop of Bath and Wells is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Bath and Wells in the Province of Canterbury. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ...


The cathedral is notable for:

  • the West front - said to be the finest collection of statuary in Europe, containing 356 individual figures carved from the cathedral's warm, yellow Doulting stone.
  • the east end of the nave - an unusual scissored arch design of striking beauty, which saved the cathedral's central tower from collapse. In 1338, the original construction was found to be weakening underneath the tower (the West side had sunk 100 mm (4 inches). About 1340, the Master Mason, William Joy, implemented his ingenious solution of the inverted arch to redistribute the weight on the foundations by 10% from West to East.
  • the Chapter House - at the top of a flight of stone stairs, leading out from the north transept. It is an octagonal building with a fan-vaulted ceiling.[5] It is here that the business of running the cathedral is still conducted by the members of the Chapter, the cathedral's ruling body.
  • the Medieval Clock - facing the Canon's houses to the north, is a still-working medieval clock, originally to mark out the many services conducted during the day at the cathedral
  • the heaviest ring of 10 bells in the world. The tenor bell weighs just over 56 CWT (2,858 kg) and is the 5th heaviest ringable bell in the world.

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Tourism and Architecture

The Cathedral rising behind the market place

Wells is a popular tourist destination, due to its historical sites, its proximity to Bath and Stonehenge and its closeness to the Somerset coast. Also nearby are Wookey Hole Caves and the Somerset Levels. Wells is part of the West Country Carnival circuit. Somerset cheese is made locally. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 338 KB) Summary Wells Cathedral rising above the town of Wells, Somerset. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 338 KB) Summary Wells Cathedral rising above the town of Wells, Somerset. ... Bath is a city in Somerset, England most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... For other uses, see Stonehenge (disambiguation). ... Wookey Hole Caves (grid reference ST53184802) is a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset. ... The view towards Brent Knoll from Glastonbury Tor. ... Samurai by Griffens CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006 Front of Ghost Ship (Deliver Us) by Gremlins CC, Burnham on Sea Carnival 2006. ...


A walled precinct encloses the twelfth century Wells Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace, Vicar's Close and the residences of the clergy who serve the cathedral: The west front, completed c. ...

The Bishop's Palace gatehouse and drawbridge
The Bishop's Palace gatehouse and drawbridge
  • the Bishops Palace - the medieval Palace has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. The hall and chapel are particularly noteworthy, dating from the 14th century.[6] There are 14 acres of gardens including the springs from which the city takes its name. Visitors can also see the Bishop's private Chapel, ruined Great Hall and the Gatehouse with portcullis and drawbridge beside which the famous mute swans ring a bell for food
Vicar's Close facing the Cathedral
Vicar's Close facing the Cathedral
  • Vicars' Close - the oldest existing street in the world, which still has the original cobblestoned surface. The Close is tapered by 10 feet (3 m) to make it look longer when viewed from the bottom. When viewed from the top, however, it looks shorter.[7][8]
  • the Church of St. Cuthbert - often mistaken for the cathedral, the church has a fine Somerset stone tower and a superb carved roof. Originally an Early English building (13th century), it was much altered in the Perpendicular period (15th century). The Nave's coloured ceiling was repainted in 1963 at the instigation of the then Vicar's wife, Mrs Barnett.[9][10]

Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 684 pixel, file size: 555 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Vicars Close, the oldest cobblestoned street in the world, leading down towards Wells Cathedral. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixels Full resolution (1024 × 684 pixel, file size: 555 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Vicars Close, the oldest cobblestoned street in the world, leading down towards Wells Cathedral. ...

In literature

Elizabeth Goudge used Wells as a basis for the fictional Cathedral city of Torminster, in her book City of Bells Elizabeth Goudge (April 24, 1900 - April 1, 1984) was an English author of novels, short stories and childrens books. ...


In film and Television

Wells has been used as the setting for several films:

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Politics

Wells is part of the UK Parliament constituency of Wells. The current Member of Parliament is David Heathcoat-Amory of the Conservative Party. The area is part of the South West England European Parliament constituency. Wells is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... David Philip Heathcoat-Amory (born March 21, 1949) British politician and farmer. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and the oldest political party in the United Kingdom. ... The constituency (first used 2004) within England; Gibraltar is in the inset. ...


References

  1. ^ The Well House. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  2. ^ Wells Council Tourism. Retrieved on 2006-09-11.
  3. ^ Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimbourne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. ISBN 1874336032. 
  4. ^ Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Chapter House and Cloisters. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  5. ^ Chapter House to Cathedral Church of St Andrew. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  6. ^ The Bishop's Palace and Bishop's House. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  7. ^ No.1 St Andrew Street (Formerly Listed as: VICAR'S CLOSE (East side). Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  8. ^ Nos.14-27 Vicars' Close. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  9. ^ Church of St Cuthbert. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  10. ^ Nos.14-27 Vicars Close. Images of England. Retrieved on 2006-08-24.
  • Somerset Railway Stations, by Mike Oakley, (Dovecote Press, 2002)

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See also

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