You may have a vague recollection that I promised I would one day return with the faces of Wells’ 13th century Chapter House. Well after four years here they are! Admittedly not all of them, in fact fewer than I recall photographing. However I think these few will make you smile.

Did you note my photographs above are all squares? Fitting I thought on the eve of Square Perspectives to share a range of faces each with their own perspective (check out the titles by clicking on gallery!). And as this is a prequel I can share the final face un-squared!

The Chapter House, by the way, is where the cathedral administration was undertaken by the canons and/or prebandaries. Prebanderies were so called because they received a ‘preband’, which was a form of reward in return for services rendered. When King Henry VIII dissolved the Collegiate Churches and Chantries, and took the associated incomes most prebands disappeared. Consequently the term prebandery has also disappeared from use, although Wells is one of the two places in the country that apparently still calls their canons prebanderies. I wonder if they still meet in their octagonal Chapter House?

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