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IoE Number: 483286
Location: CHAPTER HOUSE TO CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST ANDREW, CATHEDRAL GREEN (east side)
  WELLS, MENDIP, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr John Barker
Date Photographed: 11 April 2006
Date listed: 12 November 1953
Date of last amendment: 31 May 2000
Grade I

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WELLS ST5445 CATHEDRAL GREEN 662-1/7/33 (East side) 12/11/53 Chapter House to Cathedral Church of St Andrew (Formerly Listed as: CATHEDRAL GREEN Cathedral Church of St Andrew (including Chain Gate and Cloisters)) GV I Chapter House. 1290-c1307. Doutting ashlar with blue Lias dressings, some Purbeck marble internal dressings; lead roof. EXTERIOR: octagonal with deep angle buttresses, set back mid height with gargoyles to attached pinnacles above, with a weathered band above, with a weathered band above the undercroft, and an arcade of 2-light lancets beneath a parapet of pierced quatrefoils. Each face has 2 chamfered arched windows to the undercroft, and a full-width 4-light window with Decorated tracery and an ogee hood. Stair passage up from the N chancel aisle has a moulded parapet, with 2 4-light windows. The stairway to the Chapter House and Chain bridge (qv) of 2 bays with Purbeck marble vault shafts, those at the bottom of the stair on good carved figure shafts and spherical capitals to the W windows, and a Tudor-arched doorway at the top in a square frame beneath a 2-light Decorated tracery set within an arch of 3 orders as the windows. To the W side are stepped seats, to the E the steps curve off to a 2-bay-wide vaulted lobby with open cusped entrances with cusped trefoils above and panelled walls, and Purbeck marble shafts. The Chapter House has vault shafts in the angles to a fine tierceron vault with a central octagonal shaft with 36 ribs, and spherical foliate bosses; the central shaft has a Purbeck marble bench, the sides have 2 tiers of wall benches, an arcade of gabled seat niches, and a surround of ball flowers to the windows. The early C13 undercroft, formerly the treasury, has a central octagonal column with attached shafts, 8 intermediate round shafts, and vault shafts, all with hollow-moulded capitals, and rere arches, with a piscina by the door and a carved dog. The mid C13 doorway from the N aisle has a depressed arch and a bar tracery open gable on head stops above, and fine C13 doors with scrolled ironwork; 3 bay passage from the aisle has a sexpartite vault, stiff leaf capitals and good pictorial bosses, with head corbels on the E side. INTERIOR: not inspected.

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