Wells Cathedral, Somerset: detail of the scissor-arches

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RIBApix ref no RIBA9121
Artist/PhotographerCox, Bernard Hugh (1907?-1986)
CountryUK: England
CityWells
Subject Date1348
Image Date1960
ViewInterior
StyleGothic
Medium35mm Transparency
Library ReferenceGB 209
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit Bernard Cox / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: Construction on the original cathedral began in 1180 and was completed by the Lady Chapel in 1326. The nave was completed in 1220-1229. The scissor-arches (inverted strainer arches) were built c. 1338-1348 to support the tower when the foundations of the two western piers sank into the ground.

Subject tags

arches, cathedrals