061124.Wells, ‘Black Friday’ in the Dark

November 24, 2006 at 11:38 PM | Posted in Architecture, Cathedrals and churches, Chisel Marks, Conservation, Preservation, somerset, Towers, Vaults, Wells | 2 Comments

The day after Thanksgiving is referred to as “Black Friday” because everyone in the country has the day off and goes out to start the Holiday season shopping spree, and shops that had been in debt before (“in the red”) are restored to being debt-free, in the black, or something. I celebrated the day atop Wells Cathedral in the “forest.” Here are shots from the interior of the roof gallery as it is above the “quire,” exterior, and the ceiling of the “quire.”

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I got to walk accross all sorts of vaults and it was inredible for me. I’ve always wanted to be allowed into Cathedral roof spaces but given that my excitement manifested itself in taking a few too many photos while the cathedral engineer was giving the tour, I might not be allowed back into another one. (I imagine access cathedral roof access is controlled by an elite cathedral-ruling clique composed of structural engineers, bishops, deans, supposedly dead dictators, a few Bond villains, etc. who put out a secret list of people to exclude.) In terms of the photos, I used very little flash (only on three photos or so) and typically took them after others had taken the same shot…but I might have been the most ‘visible.’ Hmmm.

Sorry posts have been a bit scattered. I’ve been very busy recently and will probably be busy again soon.

(Can anyone else see the format has gone crazy…or can anyone see the pictures?)

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  1. Wells is my favourite English cathedral city.

  2. yes i can see them. some are huuuge, some are small. i used to love going up the church spire (is that right?) when i was younger. they opened it up for guided tours during flower festival time and you could go up for all of 10p. i loved all the wood and worn stone steps and locked rooms and the dank smell. my grandfather was the vicar there for a time so i guess i feel quite connected to churches, despite not being religious. remember to take some time to relax (and coment on my blog….tee hee)


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