First, I'd like to thank again Lillian King for her User Award on my last upload, Bishop's palace
. It certainly made it worth getting wet for!
Walking round to the opposite side of Wells Cathedral (the north side) takes you to Vicar's Close, a delightful medieval cobbled street, with its distinctive tall chimneys (and it was still raining & blowing!). It is said to be the oldest continually occupied street in Europe, and was built in 1360s as an extension of the Cathedral by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. He built the Vicar's Hall and Close to give the men of the choir secure accommodation away from the temptations of the town. The Close and Cathedral are linked by a bridge. It still houses members of the choir today and has remained unchanged in nearly 700 years. It's about 140 metres long, and its width is tapered by 3 metres to make it look longer when viewed from the main entrance nearest the Cathedral; when viewed from the other end it looks shorter.
As spotted in V1 by Bill Wooldridge (woolybill1) on my last upload, it was rubbish recycling day (just my luck that we had to visit on this particular day!), and the full length of Vicar's Close was lined either side with green plastic crates for bottle / plastic recycling, which rather spoilt the scene
So, much digital fiddling and cloning was required to tidy the street up! At least there's no access to cars, so it was clear of those offending items…
V1 & V2 are looking up the Close, with V3 & V4 being taken from the top looking back towards the Cathedral.
Single Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7, tweaked in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop Elements 11.
Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
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