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Wells

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Wells nestles at the foot of the Mendip Hills and is Englands smallest city if you discount the city of London's financial district. It takes only about 10 minutes to walk from one side of its central retail district to the other.

The compact nature of the place along with its overabundance of historic buildings and interesting archetectural features make Wells a supremely pretty place and a notable tourist attraction. Being such an interesting and pretty place it is also popular as a filming location.

A city designation is mainly due to one having a Cathedral and Wells is no exception. Wells Cathedral is an enormous building almost absurdly out of proportion with the size of the rest of the city. It has many interesting features but most notable of them is that is holds the worlds oldest clock with a face. The Cathedral lies within a walled enclosure known as the Liberty of St Andrew. Access through the walled region is done via a number of interesting portals with names such as the Bishops Eye and Penniless Porch.

It is also a "market town" and the market still turns out most Wednesdays in the market square. The market square also has one of three wells in it which the city is named after.

Next to the Cathedral is Vicars Close, a short residential road but also the oldest one of its type in europe. It terminates at the end with an historic chapel and library.

On the other side of the Cathrdral is the Bishops Palace. This is another walled and fortified complex with a moat running around it. Within are the buildings, small gardens and the other two of the three wells.

Running up to the market square and city wall is the high street which has a mix of brand name stores as well as independent ones. Most of them operate out of quite small quaint buildings. The city has about three super markets all on the outskirts of the city.

The city has a small cinema, a museum, a tourist information point and a number of other churches.

It is also well known for having some high quality schools, particularly the Blue School and Wells Cathedral School. The latter was founded in 909 AD and has an emphasis on teaching music. Some of the oldest buildings in the city are still in use by their pupils.

A gallery of images related to the town of Wells can be viewed here.

 
Cathedral

Cathedral

 
Market Square and Well

Market Square and Well

 
Vicars Close

Vicars Close

 
The Bishops Palace

The Bishops Palace

 
High Street

High Street