Free Weekly Walks (Saturdays and Wednesdays)
Wells Cathedral’s FREE weekly stained glass and embroidery walks take place most Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October and showcase the Cathedral’s unique stained glass and beautiful embroideries. Please join our Guide by the Donation Desk in our Entry Cloister to begin the tour of your choice.
Please note there will not be a Weekly Embroideries Walk on Saturday 7 October, or any Weekly Walks on Saturday 11 & Wednesday 14 October due to other events taking place. Please check on arrival.
Stained Glass (11.10am):
Wells Cathedral has an important collection of both medieval and later stained glass, arguably some of the very best in England. It dates from the late 1200s to the 1930s and includes a large Jesse Window in the Quire and several large windows from the 1800s and 1900s.
One of the Cathedral’s specialist Guides will give a Window Walk of about 20 minutes on one or two related windows, pointing out details in the glass and giving a the background story of the figures depicted.
|| ‘St John the Evangelist‘ : Two images, one from the 1330s in the Jesse Window in the Quire showing John the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross and the other in a window in St Katherine’s chapel from the 1500s. We will look at the changes in the techniques used in each period and the differences in style of each.
||‘St John the Baptist’:A Renaissance portrayal of St John the Baptist high up in the clerestory of the north transept showing him awaiting execution and an Edwardian image of the saint baptising Jesus in the river Jordan. These two images show the different styles used 400 years apart.
|| ‘St George':
Medieval and early 20th century portraits of England’s patron saint showing the different styles and techniques of the 1300s and 1900s.
|| ‘St Dunstan': Medieval and early 20th century portraits of St Dunstan. He was a local man who became Abbot of Glastonbury and Archbishop of Canterbury. We will look at the different techniques used in the glass making and design and compare the changes.
|| ‘St Mark': Medieval and Edwardian portraits of St Mark who was a gospel writer and evangelist though not one of the twelve apostles. Evangelists are often depicted using symbols, in his case the winged lion. We will look at the differences and discuss the different techniques used.
|| ‘Archangels': Medieval and Victorian depictions of these haloed Angels. Two of the best known Archangels, Michael and Gabriel, from the medieval and Victorian periods are featured this month. One is a small image in the North Quire aisle and the other a larger one at the back of the nave.
||‘St Calixtus & St Gregory': A look at two early medieval Popes depicted in contrasting styles. St Gregory is in a medieval setting and dates from the 1340s while St Calixtus’ window was made in the 1920s in a different style typical of that time.
We offer a different theme each month. No booking is required.