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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells

A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

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Author: Percy Dearmer
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,785 / 156 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.6
LoC Categories: BL, D
Downloads: 630
Added to site: 2010.05.08 27645
Genres: History, Religion

mains. He did not, as Godwin led us to suppose, pull down and rebuild the whole church. But he loyally carried on the work of his predecessor, and he executed the great work which has been always rightly attributed to him, the present west front; this he joined to Reginald's unfinished nave by building the three western bays in strict accordance with the earlier style. The front belongs to the fully-developed Early English style in which Salisbury is built, agreeing exactly with the date of the consecration of the church by Jocelin in 1239,--as was pointed out by Professor Willis, who was puzzled by the great difference in its style from that of the nave, which was then thought to belong to the same period. We know that Jocelin was a frequent visitor to Salisbury while Bishop Poore was building it; and thus all the lines of evidence combine to support the unshaken tradition that Jocelin was the author of the west front.

A month before his death in 1242, Jocelin de Wells put forth a charter for the incr



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