When was Wells Cathedral School founded?

Cologne Cathedral

Catholic dioceses existing before the Norman Conquest. After the conquest new dioceses (all monastic except St David’s) were established: Bangor (ca. 1081), Ely (1108), St David’s (ca. 1115), Carlisle (1133) and St Asaph (1141).

After 1066, the complete rebuilding of the English Saxon cathedrals by the Normans represented the most important program of ecclesiastical construction in medieval Europe and also the largest buildings in Christian Europe since the end of the Roman Empire. All medieval English cathedrals, except Salisbury, Lichfied and Wells, have traces of Norman architecture. Peterborough Cathedral, Durham Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral are almost entirely Norman and in others there are still important parts: the aisles of Ely Cathedral (1083-1109), of Gloucester Cathedral and Southwell Minster (1108-1158), the transept of Winchester Cathedral.[4] The cathedral of Peterborough, Durham Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral are almost entirely Norman, and in others there are still important parts: the aisles of Ely Cathedral (1083-1109), of Gloucester Cathedral and Southwell Minster (1108-1158), the transept of Winchester Cathedral.[4

The Norman bishop and seventh Lord Chancellor of England, Roger of Salisbury (? – 1139), established Winchester Cathedral, whose tower collapsed in 1107, Old Sarum Cathedral, of which only the foundations remain which was carried out in 1125, Malmesbury Abbey and the castles of Sherborne, Newark, Barum and Devines. This period was characterized by the disregard for costs, by the impressive dimensions of the buildings and the splendor of the decoration, by the technical quality and the diffusion in England of the flat chevet, which replaced the apse and the decoration.

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Wells Cathedral architecture

As we mentioned in the previous entry, we had not hired breakfast, so we take advantage of the coffee maker in the room to make some coffee, and proceed to the tasting of the sweets we have.

After shower and breakfast we are ready to leave, and without having to carry the suitcases, what a pleasure! At the hotel reception, we ask for the parking ticket to be validated. Theoretically, the price was about 12 pounds or so, but there is not a single day that we pay that amount. Every time we put it in the machine we get a price that is around 8 pounds, we are not going to complain.

It is about 22 miles south of Bristol and it takes about 50 minutes to get there. It takes us a while to find parking, first we see a perfect one, right in the square that leads into the walled area, the so-called Market Square, but that one turns out to be a short stay. Then we find a place in a street, but although there is no sign nearby, seeing no one parked, we find it suspicious, so we ask a local shopkeeper and he tells us that you can only stop for 30 minutes (in the entry of Preparing the Trip we tell you about parking in general).

Lincoln Cathedral

arches is one of the most original features of this cathedral.  In the background in the choir, fan vaults.  In this nave there is decoration in the capitals with some themes of everyday life as a man with toothache and another who is beaten for assaulting an orchard.

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a palm tree. Technically it is called rib vault. From the sides of the octagon also depart these ribs in the shape of a palm tree.        The room is illuminated by stained glass windows with especially geometric tracery . This type of roof belongs to the Decorated style.

Exeter Cathedral

Two centuries later, the see of the diocese was moved toWells of Sherborne. The first bishop of Wells was Athelm (circa909), who was crowned King Athelstan. Athelm and his nephew de Saint Dunstan both became archbishops of Canterbury. It was also at this time that Wells Cathedral School was founded.

The present structure was begun under the direction of Bishop Reginald de Bohun, who died in 1184. Wells Cathedral, was built at dates mainly from the late 12th and 13th centuries;. The nave and transept are examples of early English architecture. It was largely completed at the time of its delivery in, 1239.

The Bishop of Shrewsbury Ralph continued, with the eastward extension of the require, and beyond the Retroquire with its forest of pillars. He also built “Close and Vicars” Vicars Hall, to give the choir men a safe place to live and eat, away from the town with all its temptations. He enjoyed a difficult relationship with the citizens of Wells, partly because of their taxation, and felt the need to surround his palace with crenellated walls and a moat and drawbridge.

When was Wells Cathedral School founded?
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