Wells Cathedral, Somerset: the scissor-arches seen from the south transept

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RIBApix ref no RIBA28925
Artist/PhotographerSmith, Edwin (1912-1971)
CountryUK: England
CityWells
Subject Date1348
Image Date1968
ViewInterior
StyleGothic
MediumPhotoprint
Library ReferenceESP/CAT/857 (ESB12581)
OrientationPortrait
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Edwin Smith / 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, vaulting