Dating from 1239, Wells Cathedral features an extra-wide west front covered in medieval sculptures and unique scissor arches supporting the tower inside.

Facts & Stats on Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral
Cathedral Church of St Andrew and Chapter House and Cloisters
Cathedral Church of St. Andrew in Wells
319050 Go Historic
1382901 Grade I listed building
Cathedral Green
Wells, England
National Grid Reference
ST 55148 45885
Official Website

Listed Building Description of Wells Cathedral


ST5445 CATHEDRAL GREEN 662-1/7/32 (East side) 12/11/53 Cathedral Church of St Andrew, Chapter House and Cloisters


Cathedral Bishopric established in 909. Saxon cathedral built, nothing now visible (excavations 1978/79). See transferred to Bath in 1090. Church extended and altered in 1140, in Norman style, under Bishop Robert Lewes; part of this lies under south transept of the present church. Present church begun, at east end, in 1176 and continued to consecration in 1239, but with substantial interruption from 1190-1206. Designer ADAM LOCK, west front probably by THOMAS NORREYS. Nave, west front (but not towers), north porch, transepts, and part of choir date from this phase. Bishopric becomes Bath and Wells in 1218. Central tower begun 1315, completed 1322. Designer THOMAS WITNEY Lady Chapel begun 1323, completed c1326...

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Resources for Wells Cathedral

  1. Official Website of Wells Cathedral Official website.
  2. The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.