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Wells is England's smallest city. The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, or Wells Cathedral, is dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle and is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. There has been a church on the site since 705AD, but the Cathedral itself was built between the 12th and 15th centuries. The astonishing west front displays the hierarchy of heaven - originally, it would have been painted in bright colours. Inside, the grace of the nave is enhanced by the beautiful scissor arches (pictured), installed to prevent a tower collapsing in the 14th century. Then there's the famous Wells Clock - said to be the oldest clock mechanism in Britain.

Outside, don't miss the Bishop's palace next door (especially the garden) and Vicars Close, a 15th century street - said to be the only original medieval street left in England.

Location/Address: Cathedral Green
County: Somerset
Post Code: BA5 2US
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Useful Website Address: Well's Cathedral's website
Tip/Nearby: Bishop's Palace and Garden, Vicars Close
Primary Management: Church authorities
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