If you're looking for a medieval experience in England, Wells has what you are seeking.
May 18, 1999
When we first went to Wells, Henry wondered what all the fuss was about. The cathedral spire we saw led us to a run-down church which had a lot of anti-theft measures taken around it. Here you see concern of grave robbing has led to the next logical step.
This fine gentleman explained how he was trying to preserve the custom of having milk delivered daily. But he had milk snipped so he had to install a lock on his circa 1600 milk door.
But Kathleen said, "Aw don't judge too quickly." Then we found the other cathedral:
Boy, was it amazing. In each of the little alcoves is a statue of someone important in the history of the church, or Wells, or the Kingdom, or so on. There's almost 300 of 'em.
Though the cathedral was built in the thirteenth century, the interior double inverted archway seems as modern as any twentieth centry monument.
Their choir is renowned in this part of the world and at quarter past five we got to listen to their "evensong." Beautiful it was.
Just outside the cathedral is a fully preserved medieval street which houses the choir and a college (high school) which specializes in music training.
Oliver here (Ollie to his friends) is in his penultimate year at the College of Wells. He stopped and gave us the skinny on life as a 17 year old amongst the 700 year old dormitories.
(Kathleen is practicing for the part of a medieval peasant woman in an upcoming school play.)
On the other side of the cathedral is the Bishop's palace and gardens where the bishop himself resides. In the fourteenth century it was landscaped as a 'show of wealth' with a complete set of walls and a moat flowing from the prodigious Bishop's springs. (The plentiful water here is what gives the city its name.)
We've decided we like the look and want to have it done at our house back in the states. The bishop was feeling ill when we were there, so we plan to return soon and ask him for some references on who might do the work.
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