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Exeter

Location

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OS Ref: SX 920 930

Last Visited: 2012


Exeter used to be a city of two halves: the old quaint Tudor to Victorian town clustered around the cathedral, and the ugly post-war reconstruction following the horrendous bomb damage the city suffered during the Second World War.

Some of the worst of the 50s/60s buildings have now been replaced by the very 21st century concrete and glass Princesshay shopping mall. It is an improvement, but given what was there before.

Whilst it is easy to get maudlin over all the fine buildings that have been lost, both during the war and the subsequent reconstruction, there is still much left to enjoy in this fine old city.

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The Exe Bridge

Location

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OS Ref: SX 916 921

Last Visited: 2010

Exeter Old Bridge

Exeter Old Bridge

Most ancient bridges, are either still in use, albeit much widened, or have been replaced with a more modern structure.

Exeter is unusual in that the base of the northern end of its ancient medieval bridge is still in place, but the river has moved to one side.

It now sits, somewhat forlornly, in the middle of a massive traffic gyratory, but if you can ignore the constant noise of near stationary traffic, it is well worth a visit.

Leading down to the old bridge is West Street, with some fine old timber-framed buildings.

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Danes Castle

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OS Ref: SX 919 933

Last Visited: 2008

Danes Castle

Danes Castle

Only recently rediscovered, according to the plaque, DanesCastle is a Norman fort believed to have been built by King Stephen during his three month siege of Rougemont Castle in 1136.

In 1852 the site was incorporated into a water reservoir and was only uncovered in 1993 when a new reservoir was built.

There is little to see; just a ring of earth that was once surmounted by a wooden palisade, but it is a interesting reminder of Englandʼs first civil war.

External Links and References

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    • Danes Castle
      More on the history of the castle from the Exeter Memories site
      http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_places/danes.php

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The Iron Bridge

Location

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OS Ref: SX 916 927

Last Visited: 2010

Iron Bridge

Iron Bridge

Iron Bridge, Exeter

Iron Bridge, Exeter

The Iron Bridge across the Longbrook Valley between St Davidʼs Down and the city was built in 1834-5 to save visitors from North Devon the very steep climb up to the North Gate.

It was constructed at the ironworks of Russell and Brown of Blaina, Monmouthshire.

External Links and References

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    • Iron Bridge, Exeter
      Some more information on Exeter's Iron Bridge
      http://www.engineering-timelines.com/scripts/engineeringItem.asp?id=452
    • The Iron Bridge and North Gate
      Detailed history from the excellent Exeter Memories site.
      http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/ironbridge.php

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St Catherine's Almshouses

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OS Ref: SX 921 926

Last Visited: 2012

The Chapel St Catherine's Almshouses

The Chapel
St Catherine's Almshouses

The mass of ruins on the corner of Catherine Street and Egypt Lane are all that remain of two buildings that were destroyed in a bombing raid in 1942.

Most of what can be seen today relates to the St Catherineʼs Almshouses and their chapel which date back to the 15th century.

Of the adjoining 13th century Cannonʼs House only two large fireplaces, a couple of windows and a fragment of wall remain.

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