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The Chain Gate to the Close, Wells Cathedral: West Gate at Winchester

The Chain Gate to the Close, Wells Cathedral: West Gate at Winchester

Wells Cathedral, owing to the secular character of its administrators at the time of the Reformation, escaped to a large extent the ravages of the iconoclasts, and to that fact must be ascribed the singularly fine preservation that distinguishes it. The Chain Gate (left) leading to the Vicar's Close remains as a perfect example of the Perpendicular style. It is the way by which the choristers pass from the church to their own quarters, and is approached from the street by the same flight of stairs that leads to the Chapter House. The West Gate at Winchester (right) still rather grim with its heavy machicolation, and slots for the ejection of molten lead on the heads of attackers, bears a family resemblance to Southampton's Bargate.

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