Silent Sunday…. A Tall Statement


Wells Cathedral, Somerset

They say, that our Religious forefathers created their Cathedrals to be a dominant statement of power, dominance, even a watchful eye over their communities.

There can be no doubt that Wells Cathedral does exactly that……  even today, centuries later, its intricate and tall West Front, is still a dominant feature in the community.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th December

(C) David Oakes 2020


Silent Sunday…… Off to Church


Early morning autumnal sunshine lights up the tower of All Saints Church standing proud above the Village of Dulverton, Somerset in the Exmoor National Park.  All the signs of a peaceful Sunday.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…… Off to Church


The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew

probably best known as….

Wells Cathedral, Somerset

Last Sunday I  took you on a visit to a church that was very much smaller, but was built in the same era as Wells.

Wells Cathedral really is a fantastic structure. The stone masons skill is still clear to see today in the detailed exterior stone work.  Wells is also unlike many Cathedrals that lie within a City, in so much, as here you can really stand back and take in its shear size.

Despite its exterior size this building is a bit like a Tardis, it appears even bigger on the inside…

Yes, step inside and stand at the back of the nave,  let your gaze take in the gothic columns and arches and come to rest on the arched and beautifully decorated ceiling.  It has quite a contemporary feel and style for a building of its age (started circa 700ad, main building circa 1490ad)…..

you just have to stand and stare…  you will be amazed, maybe even overwhelmed


Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other 

5th April

(C) David Oakes 2020

Silent Sunday…. So Off to Church


Wells Cathedral

It is nearly the end of the year so I guess like many folk I have started looking back and recalling all the good times (and some not so good) over 2018.

So to complete my year of Silent Sundays I thought that I would share again one of the ‘Church’s’ …  well a Cathedral really, that left the most lasting impression over the year for me.

Built between 1175 and 1490 it is a dramatic piece of Religious Architecture both within the Cathedral and outside.  The interior is remarkably modern in appearance, dramatic columns and arches supporting an all encasing high ceiling.

Now forgive me I am cheating here……  But to see much more of this wonderful Cathedral just click on my link to my original posting from way back in the summer when days were long, hot and sunny.

You may well agree that it is a Cathedral well worth revisiting.

30th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Silent Sunday…So Off to Church



Glastonbury is a town of Legends and Myth.  King Arthur and his Round Table of Knights, Merlin and Druids, legends that for many are as real today as ever.

But legend apart Glastonbury was for centuries a Religious Centre.  Glastonbury Abbey is very much a legend in its own right. The earliest Christian Monastery that became the wealthiest and largest in England only to fall fowl of Henry VIII Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.

We visited the ruins on what was a surprise wet day but it didn’t take the shine of this wonderful estate.  The buildings cover an enormous are, there is a conical shaped Abbots Kitchen, Kitchen gardens and a couple of Fish Ponds (Stew Ponds), guides in authentic costume help the tour parties to get the full enjoyment from their visit….so here is a quick glimpse of Glastonbury Abbey


But back to another Legend….a legend and Chapel missed by many visitors to the Abbey.

It is the Chapel of Saint Patrick of Ireland who when he returned to England and with the blessing of Saint Dunstan built with the help of several like minded Hermits this rather wonderful small Chapel.  Today the interior decoration has been restored and for those who seek it out it remains a quiet place of contemplation.





A dull damp day but not a dull visit by any means

8th July

(C) David Oakes 2018