Thanks for calling in for Five on Friday, courtesy of Amy from Love Made My Home. It's great to see you again.
I've been to Devon for a few days so today we'll have a look at a few curiosities noticed on the visit to Exeter, a beautiful cathedral city on the River Exe.
One - Underground Passages
Up to seven metres below Tesco and Boots the Chemist are a warren of underground vaulted passages built in the 14th and 15th centuries to bring fresh drinking water from a well outside the City walls, through lead pipes laid on the floor, first to those connected with the Cathedral and later to the City centre. The water came out at two fountains which no longer exist but the statue of Queen Elizabeth II which decorated one of them, 'the Conduit', narrowly escaped destruction. The passages made repairing the leaks much easier rather than having to dig up the pipes. Wearing a hard hat, we walked along a section - just enough space to stand up. A row of lights lit the way unlike the old days or during the war when they were used as air raid shelters, when they had to use candles in jars. Spooky.
Two - Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
..the inside - very colourfully decorated to show off the exhibits.
Three - Exhibits
So much to see, here's just a taster!
|British Artist Kurt Jackson - Revisiting Turner's Tourism - you could just walk straight into the picture.|
|Michael Shaw Sculpting the Museum - an enormous inflated shape that filled two rooms.|
Sir Francis Drake, famous for his voyages to the Americas in the 16th Century and his circumnavigation of the globe in his ship The Golden Hinde, not to mention his part in defeating the Spanish Armada, reputedly liked to have a drink in The Ship Inn in Martin's Lane. As his friend Sir Walter Raleigh lived nearby, it is possible.
Five - Street Art
There are all sorts of quirky things to look out for round the city.
|Little Queen Victoria on what was The Queens Hotel|
|A mural leading to the subway to the Quay|
|Glass pebble seats which light up at night|
|This sculpture by Michael Fairfax has riddles from The Exeter Book, an Anglo Saxon book kept in the Cathedral, written on it backwards to puzzle onlookers.|
There we are, a small whisk round Exeter. More to come another day.
Have a great week.