Yesterday we went to Wells. My cousins have been enormously generous in driving me to places of interest. We set off around 10.00 am to visit the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace and a small miniatures exhibition on at the Town Hall. We arrived in Wells in time for the 11.30 am service of choral Matins. The choir, a mixture of adults, children, boys and girls, was superbe - easily the best I have encountered so far.. The acoustics are fine. I have a sense of the Church Universal, continuously worshiping and participating in community.
Inside, there is light and space. The deceptive simplicity if the shapes gives it great beauty.
We paused to watch the clock strike the half hour. High on the wall a soldier kicks his heals, triggering the clock mechanism and setting the rotating figures in motion as it has done for 800 years on the quarter hour. It is the second oldest clock in the world. My Uncle Phil, father to my cousins, loved this clock and could spend hours sitting and watching it.
I took no photos et the miniatures exhibition, after which we visited the Bishops Palace, entered through a portico next to the Cathedral.
We had not seen the famous swans, but they made an appearance as we were leaving - quite a family of them.
I was very tired at the end of the day - so much beauty to take in. Many thanks to Mark who did the driving today and to the effort my cousins put in to showing me around.