Organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Wells Cathedral Chain Library and Stained Glass

Guided Tour | Wells Cathedral

Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 13:00 until 16:15

Wells Cathedral is one of the absolute treasures of the South West. The Bristol and Bath Committee are delighted that they have been able to secure 2 specialist tours: the Chain Library and Stained Glass, including the recently restored Jesse Window. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours, and you will be able to complete both tours during our afternoon visit. We will meet at the main doors to the Cathedral.

The Chained Library is one of the finest in Britain, still in its original location and dates from 1450. The current bookshelves and chains are later- from the C17th. The collection has some 2800 volumes, mainly published in the 1600s, but some from the C15th and some even earlier manuscripts. Subjects range widely from religious texts and theology to medicine, maths and science.

Please note the library is reached by a spiral staircase.

One of the glories of the Cathedral is its magnificent medieval stained glass, including the recently restored Jesse Window, which dates from 1340. The tour will give you a real insight into stained glass as an art form, as well as an understanding of the development of stained glass techniques, their financing and in the present day the repair, restoration and conservation of stained glass.

This event has been organised by the Bristol and Bath Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

Wells Cathedral

Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE

Entry details


To book, please contact Abi Cush on

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)