Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Historic Exeter - Castle, Buildings and Northernhay Park


Thanks for popping in.

I hope you are enjoying the whistle-stop tour around Exeter, we were only there for a couple of days but it's amazing how many interesting things we found!  Cathedral cities have a lot of history and each century additions are made giving a patchwork of places to explore.

Rougemont Castle with its red brick rises from the hill, hence its name, surrounded by Northernhay Park.  It has seen its share of battles over its many years but behind the walls, little is left as the area was cleared to make way for courts of justice buildings which have now been taken over as a wedding/conference/event venue.  It has a claim to fame as it is mentioned in Shakespeare's Richard III.

The park around it has many specimen trees and certainly looked pretty in the Autumn.

Other pretty buildings around the city pop up all over the place. The house in the bottom right hand corner of the photo below is known as The House That Moved as it had to be relocated when the inner ring road was built. You can't help but notice that many areas have 'hay' added to their name eg Northernhay, Southernhay, Princess hay.  In the Middle Ages a hay was an area of land surrounded by a hedge - this has lived on in the street names.

Exeter's city wall, 70% of which is still in tact, is over 2,000 years old in part and had four gates which were demolished in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can follow a trail to find out more.

I'll have to put my feet up now after all that exploring! How about a cup of coffee?


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