Wells, Somerset

Wells is the Episcopal centre of Somerset. It started life as a prehistoric holy pagan site centred on the springs, or wells, now dedicated to St. Andrew, but probably originally associated with the Celtic Goddess, Anu. It became a small Roman settlement and appears to have had an early Christian of some importance buried in a cemetery there. His mausoleum had a church built around it and this eventually became a Saxon minster which was elevated to cathedral status in the early 8th century. The present medieval cathedral is famous for its magnificent West Front. It has always dominated Wells which is the smallest city in England. However, it also has a fine parish church dedicated to St. Cuthbert, with a superbly carved roof.

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