Exeter City Guide – A Historic City In Devon, England
With a dash of big city atmosphere, thriving arts scene, bright cafes and bars, large student. population and bustling street life, Devon’s county town is one of the West Country’s livelier cities. Exeter England is on the River Exe, historically located at the lowest. bridging and highest navigable point. It. was an important regional center from Roman times, declining in the 19th century as the Industrial Revolution passed it by. This preserved character made Exeter second only to Bath as ‘a perfect English city’.
Unfortunately, a wealth of historic buildings was lost in World War II when the center was almost completely destroyed by intensive bombing. The subsequent redevelopment was not sensitive by modern (or even postwar German) standards, as there was virtually no attempt to rebuild damaged buildings, which were swept away to be replaced with undistinguished modem architecture.
Despite this, there are survivors — especially the splendid St Peter’s Cathedral, dating from 1050 with later additions. With no central tower, it has the longest uninterrupted vaulted ceiling in England and fascinating internal features like the great clock, minstrels’ gallery and a ceiling boss showing the murder of St Thomas a Becket. (take binoculars!). The remains of the Norman Rougemont Castle are extant. Exeter’s Guildhall is the oldest civic building in England still in use. Other noteworthy buildings are St Nicholas Priory in Mint Lane, the Church of St Mary Steps with its wonderfully elaborate clock and the old Customs House.
In truth, Exeter England is a city with some beautiful buildings, but it is not a beautiful city. As such, it is not instantly appealing to tourists. However, efforts are being made to get across the message that what. Exeter England lacks in looks it makes up for in character, with areas like the Quayside becoming genuine visitor attractions.
The Population of Exeter England
When To Visit Exeter England
Summer, when the students have gone home and the pace of city life slows.
Places To Visit In Exeter England
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- The fine old hall of the Guild of Tuckers and Weavers – a poignant reminder of the medieval splendor of Old Exeter before the bombs fell.
- The House that Moved – a 14th-century building relocated in 1961 to make way for road widening.
- Recently redeveloped Princesshay shopping center. designed to keep Exeter competitive in the all-important retail sales sector.
- Northernhay Gardens, England’s oldest purpose-made public open space, laid Out In 1612.
- Wonderful half-timbered houses on the steep, cobbled Stepcote Hill.
- The University of Exeter’s parkland grounds and interesting sculpture trail.
Parliament Street is claimed to be the world’s narrowest city street, at one point no wider than 0.64 m (25 in).