Saturday, 29 October 2016

Exeter Cathedral

Hello

Thanks for visiting.  You find us enjoying an early Autumn break in Exeter in sunny Devon.

The Cathedral was started in 1114 and enlarged in a Decorated Gothic style between 1270 and 1350 and is totally spectacular.

As you go towards the main entrance, the outside is covered by rows of statues, the lower ones quite eroded. It is very impressive.



Statue of Richard Hooker, considered by some as  the father of Anglicanism












Inside, the vaulted ceiling is the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world at 96m. The vaults are locked into place by colourful round stones called  bosses and as there are 400 of them, they make the Cathedral look quite different to others.









There's a 14th century Minstrel's Gallery.





An astronomical clock which dates from 1484.  There's a hole cut in the door below the clock so the Bishop's cat could chase after rats and mice.


The Great East Window contains 14th century glass.





The wood carving is beautiful in the Choir. The back row of the choir stalls contain 49 medical tip-up seats called misericords carved in the 13th century are the oldest set in England.




While we were visiting there was an exhibition of threadwork panels.


Various tombs can be seen.



Lady Doderidge



The huge organ pipes on the wall are striking, the longest pipe in 11m tall and they give the lowest notes.


Although one of the chapels sustained a direct hit during the war, it was rebuilt in the original style.

A beautiful place.

Cheerio


10 comments:

  1. Fabulous photos Karen. I love the cathedral. Last time we stayed at the Clarence in the close. I see it burned down yesterday. How very sad. B x

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    1. It's dreadful, such a beautiful building and with the houses being so close together, all of them could have gone. This is the third time I've visited somewhere and been back a week or so and the place has caught fire.x

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  2. I was there a fortnight ago as daughter is at uni in Exeter. I admired the outside but didn't have time to go in so I really enjoyed your wonderful photos and the info xx

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    1. We may well have stood next to each other! What a great place to go to Uni and great for you to have a nice place to visit which isn't too far away. x

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  3. Oooh thanks for sharing the inside pictures, each time we have been to Exeter there has been something going on inside and we couldn't go in. Isn't it terrible about the fire, we stayed at the hotel a few years ago.

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    1. It's really worth going in next time, it's a wonderful place. The fire is just awful, I can't quite believe it.

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  4. Wonderful to see so many of the incredible architectural details. So sad about the fire, I hope - haven't seen the news this morning - that it is now under control.

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    1. Dreadful fire, everyone must feel so sad as it's such a beautiful close. I can't believe it. x

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  5. It looks like a wonderful and interesting cathedral, I've never been so it was great to see inside and out in your photos. I also saw it on the news because of the fire at the nearby hotel:)

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    1. It's really fabulous and only a few steps away from the hotel, they must have been really concerned. Tragic that the hotel is lost. :-)

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