Monday, 31 October 2016

Exeter Cathedral Close


Thank for visiting.

Exeter Cathedral is set in the delightful Cathedral Close. This has been the centre of Exeter since Roman times when a basilica and bath house was built there.

Let's take a stroll round the Close.

I can't believe that a week after visiting this beautiful Close, the big white hotel behind the tree above, built in 1769 and which hosted Nelson, Beatrix Potter, Clark Gable, Thomas Hardy and David Cameron, has sadly burnt to the ground.  Fortunately, guests were evacuated during the night so there were no injuries. The fire started in the gallery next door.

BBC photo. Such a tragic sight.

If you'd like to know about the buildings in the photos, click here.

There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the Cathedral grounds.


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Exeter Cathedral Chapter House and Cafe


Thanks for visiting.

After a good look round the beautiful Exeter Cathedral, a cup of tea was in order but let's just visit The Chapter House next to the Refectory as an exhibition of face paintings was being displayed by the Exeter based charity Magic Carpet who provide opportunities to improve self confidence through performing arts for those challenged by health and social circumstances. What an excellent idea.

The Chapter House itself was stunning. The Gothic room had a wonderful ceiling and the modern Testament Sculptures by Kenneth Carter were extraordinary.

Apologies for the quality of the photos.

On to the Refectory.

Yum! We'll put our feet up here until the next time.


Saturday, 29 October 2016

Exeter Cathedral


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.


Friday, 28 October 2016

Five on Friday in Exeter


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.

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