Ancient Roman numerals on the clock of Wells Cathedral

Roman Numerals on the Wells Cathedral Clock

The Wells Cathedral Clock, adorned with prominent Roman numerals, stands as a magnificent testament to medieval craftsmanship and timekeeping precision. An exquisite medieval timepiece, the Wells Cathedral Clock is known for its intricate design, striking mechanism, and incorporation of astronomical features.

According to historians, the original works of the clock were made about 1390. Even more astonishing is the fact that the clock face is considered the oldest surviving original of its kind anywhere. It’s been said that in those times when the clock strikes every quarter, jousting knights rush round above the clock. The clock’s strike also drew the Quarter Jack, who would bang the quarter hours with his heels.

What is the Wells Cathedral?

The Wells Cathedral

Located in Wells, Somerset, England, the Wells Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral. It is generally hailed as one of the most iconic and beautiful cathedrals in England. Image: The West Front of Wells Cathedral in England

The Wells Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, is a historic cathedral located in Wells, Somerset, England. It is one of the most impressive examples of early English Gothic architecture and is renowned for its stunning West Front, intricate carvings, and beautiful stained glass windows. The cathedral has a rich history dating back to the 12th century and remains an important religious and cultural landmark in the region.

Important Facts about the Cathedral

The Wells Cathedral was dedicated to St Andrew the Apostle (also known as the First-Called), the brother of Simon Peter and one of the 12 apostles of Jesus. The cathedral was built using Gothic architectural style around 1175 as a Roman Catholic cathedral. However, it became an Anglican cathedral during the reign of King Henry VIII, the English king who split from the Catholic Church and named himself head of the English Church. Today, it serves as the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells.