Friday, 28 October 2016

Five on Friday in Exeter


Hello

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.


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 outside..


..the inside - very colourfully decorated to show off the exhibits.




There's a big hole in the floor past that fence where you can see the café down below.

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.
Four - The Ship Inn

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.

Happy Halloween

24 comments:

  1. Looks like a wonderful place to explore! Underground tunnels give me claustrophobia....but so interesting about the history. Love those glass pebble benches and the puzzle sculpture. Thanks for the tour! x K

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    1. Somehow with the lights, the tunnels didn't feel too bad although I did clonk my head on the ceiling a couple of times, lucky I had the hat on!

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  2. A fabulous five Karen. Would love to visit those passageways. Sadly when my son was at uni the museum was having a major refurbish so closed the whole time. Sad for my son as he was studying history! Have a good weekend. B X

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    1. That's a shame. I expect when he goes on a tour of reminiscence he'll have a look. You could hear the traffic above in some areas! x

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  3. Such a great five. I was really impressed with the street art. You have an eye for beauty. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed whizzing round with us. When I got back I found out there are a number of mosaics in the city, so next time I'll have to seek them out.

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  4. I love Exeter but have never ever been in the underground passages, that is now a must go to , thanks Karen, great 5

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    1. It's certainly an interesting place and there are some great items to look at in the centre before you go in. The gude was great and very entertaining too. x

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  5. You have found some wonderful and interesting places and objects in the city to show us, they all look fascinating:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, glad you enjoyed them, there are somany things to choose. :-)

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  6. Thanks for sharing your trip! Exeter looks like a great place to visit. I was lucky enough to take a holiday to Devon this summer when I visited my Mum. It was really beautiful.

    Happy Five on Friday

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    1. It is beautiful in Devon and it's so much warmer as well. Our weather was just gorgeous which makes all the difference!

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  7. I love the city of Exeter and I love the way you always find something different to show us about the towns and cities you visit. xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tour! There's so much to see there and lots to research when you get back!

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  8. What a great whistle stop tour of Exeter! I am sure you will share more and I will look forward to that! It was fun to shoot around with you in this post. Thank you for being part of Five On Friday, hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Nice to see you here again Amy, thanks for calling in! x

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  9. I've enjoyed the quick tour around Exeter. It looks like it has become an arty place with those modern street art installations. I like the historical side to it too. The walk along the underground passages much have been quite an experience!

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    1. There's always something exciting to find in a Cathedral city. Have a good weekend.

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  10. We've been by Exeter, but never visited so I really enjoyed your photos.

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    1. Great. There are quite a few more to come . . .!

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  11. wonderfully informative post. Going underground must've been a little scary, I give you kudos for braving it.

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    1. Actually it wasn't too bad. I think if we had had to crawl or it was wet, I would have made a beeline for the door!

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  12. Quick trip around Exeter made me want more! :) Not sure about the underground passages -- perfect for Halloween! Ha! I love museums .. so many things to see and learn about. Have a fun week!

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    1. Thanks for the message, hopefully you have found my other Exter posts by now!

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