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Exeter Cathedral

History

Blessed Sacrament windowExeter Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for almost 1300 years.

The present building was begun by William the Conqueror’s nephew, Bishop William Warelwast, in 1114. The twin Norman towers of this building still stand. An ambitious rebuilding programme, begun by Bishop Branscombe in 1270 and completed by Bishop Grandisson in 1369, produced the present decorated Gothic cathedral.

 

Architecture

Exeter Cathedral contains the longest unbroken Gothic vault in the world and the highest piece of eccelesiastical furniture, its 14th century Bishop’s Throne. Also notable are the Minstrel’s Gallery, 15th century astronomical clock and intricately carved West Front image screen. Amongst the Cathedral’s treasures are the Exeter Book, the foundation book of English poetry, and the unique Exon Domesday.

Local Interest

Underground Passages
Guildhall
Custom House and Historic Quayside
Royal Albert Memorial Museum