Rights-managed image C850356 - The west front at Wells
Rights managed image - Wells Cathedral is located in the smallest city in England. It was built and expanded over several centuries between 1175 and 1490 and is the earliest
English example of the Gothic style. Apart from its iconic west front the church features a unique set of scissor strainer arches. These were added in 1338 to support the weight of a new spire on top of the central tower without which the entire structure might have collapsed. The cathedral also contains a 14th-century astronomical clock which is thought to be the second oldest mechanical clock in Europe.