Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

The Scissors Arch of Wells Cathedral
The Scissor Arches of Wells Cathedral

“The scissor arches, which often visitors believe to be later, modern additions were constructed from 1338-48 as an engineering solution to a very real problem. By 1313 a high tower topped by a lead covered wooden spire had been constructed but as the foundations were not stable large cracks began to appear in the tower structure. In fear of a total collapse, several attempts at internal strengthening and buttressing were made, until the famous ‘scissor arches’ were put in place by master mason William Joy as a final solution.” –Wells Cathedral Website

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! It’s an amazing place. I was taught about that time period being the “dark ages,” but the people who built the cathedral were skilled, ingenious, and knowledgable craftsmen and artists.


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