May 16 – The first day of our exhibition at Wells Cathedral

Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

Our first day exhibiting in Wells Cathedral started quietly and most of the people going along the cloister seem to be heading for the toilets. However, people soon started coming to enjoy the exhibition. The ladies on the desk were very good and told everyone visiting the cathedral to come to see us.

One gentleman came in the afternoon and talked to Mike for ages about the stained glass windows and about how to recognise the particular artists. He then took me into the cathedral and told me about all the various windows and their artists. I learned about the different glass artists as well as seeing the 5 huge windows made up of chips of medieval glass.

Wednesday is the market day which is held just outside the cathedral and through the “Penniless Porch”. It is a real market with lots of stalls including fruit, vegetables, meat and fish and well as more touristy products. The market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays every week and is well attended.

I found a cafe just down the road where I could buy us a cup of coffee each afternoon. They make very nice coffee for only £1 so we treat ourselves to a cup every day. We also had a local lady visit who told us where we can park for free each day with only a short walk down the hill to the cathedral. We were very grateful as the carpark cost us £5.75 for the day today.

Of special interest for today are the 14 Stations of the Cross which were commissioned by the Chapter of Wells Cathedral in 2000. They are the work of the Bulgarian icon painter Silvia Dimitrova. Silvia lives in Bath and exhibits internationally with many of her works in public and private collections. The commission was completed in 2001 and received financial support from the Wootton family in memory of Bill Wootton for many years a faithful member of the Cathedral community. These are fourteen strikingly beautiful pieces of work.