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Bishop's Palace Private Chapel. Jim Parker. Link.

Bubwith House Chapel on Chamberlain Street forms part of the Bubwith Almshouses. The almshouses, chapel and guildhall were given to the City of Wells by Bishop Bubwith in the early 1400's. Another view. ST 54605 45697. Both Jim Parker. A view of part of the almshouses, Carole Sage (2008). The almshouses form a quadrangle. They were began in 1436, with extensions in the 17th century, and major restoration in 1884. Grade II* listed.

Former Congregational Chapel, now a restaurant, stands next door to the United Church. Jim Parker. Thanks to Don Bridle for the identification.

Elim Pentecostal Church on Chamberlain Street. Jim Parker. Link. Grade II listed.

Former Methodist Church on Glastonbury Road, Upper Coxley, now a private residence. Another view. Both Jim Parker.

Mission Room, on Southover. Can you advise its affiliations? Jim Parker.

St. Cuthbert. ST 54670 45659. Barbara Barklem. Another view from an old postcard (franked 1919), in Steve Bulman's Collection. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, the fabulous pulpit, and a close-up of the supporting birds, the marvellous painted roof - 1, 2, side-chapel roof, and porch roof with bosses - 1, 2, all Steve Bulman (2010). Another view, the sun-dial, and a selection of grotesques - 1, 2, 3, all Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade I listed.

St. Joseph and St. Teresa (R.C.) on Chamberlain Street. Another view. Both Jim Parker. Link.

St. Thomas (1856-7, extended 1864) on St. Thomas Street. Two additional views - 1, 2, the interior, stone pulpit, and the font. ST 55603 46170. All Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade II* listed. The top of the spire was blown off by Storm Eunice on 18 Feb 2022 - news story.

Vicar's Chapel and Library on Vicar's Close. Dating from around 1425, the lower floor was the chapel, and upstairs was the library. It now forms part of the Wells Cathedral School. Another view. Both Jim Parker. Interior view. Roger Hopkins (2010).

Wells Cathedral, more properly the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew. ST 5514 4589. Barbara Barklem. Bill McKenzie was lucky enough to recently be on a helicopter flight over Wells, and took this aerial photograph of the cathedral. Bill McKenzie. By Roger Heap, a nice view of the cathedral across the Well Pool, from which Wells is named. Some old postcards now; the first, from Steve Bulman's Collection, shows the West Front. And from Dave Westrap's Collection, another aerial view. The cathedral seen from the Bishop's Palace, Roger Hopkins (2010). From Christopher Skottowe's postcard collection, another view, the Choir, an interior view, and another showing the scissor arches, and three old photos (pre-1908) of the 1, 2, 3, from his collection. This old postcard from Janet Gimber's Collection shows the High Altar from the choir. Two more old postcard views - 1, 2, both from Paul E. Barnett's Collection - the latter of the two, posted in 1906, is unusually garish. The cloisters and a close-up view of part of the West front, both Carole Sage (2008). Another view, the exterior and interior clocks, interior view, another interior view showing the scissor arch, the interior of the Chapter House (1306) and its stairway, Lady Chapel (early C14), the Jesse window - a fine C14 survival, the pulpit in the nave, the Saxon font (a survival from the preceding Saxon Cathedral), a stone-carved crocodile, and some other carved figures - 1, 2, and a gargoyle, painted and gilded ironwork, all Carole Sage (2017). Link. Grade I listed.

Wells Methodist Church (1838), built as a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, on Southover. Another view. Both Jim Parker. Grade II listed.

Wells United Church (Baptist and U.R.C.) on Union Street. Another view. Jim explains - "The buildings consist of the Church , the two adjoining cottages (used as administrative offices) and possibly the Seager Hall next door. This, I believe, may have been the old Baptist Chapel." Can you confirm this? All Jim Parker. Don Bridle (the church's website administrator) confirms that Seager Hall is part of the church, and that the present church is the former Baptist Church.






04 March 2023

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