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Exeter Cathedral

Location

Devon Map

OS Ref: SX 921 925

Last Visited: 2013

The Organ

The Organ

Unlike most churches and many cathedrals which are a mixture of different dates and styles, Exeter Cathedral is almost entirely built in the Decorated Gothic style, and feels very much of a piece.

Only the twin towers of the transepts of earlier Norman building survive, the rest having been rebuilt, starting at the east end following the appointment of Walter Bronescombe as Bishop of Exeter in 1258. The building was substantially finished by 1400.

The West Front

The West Front

Since then the most notable addition is the enormous seventeenth century organ, which dominates the interior and blocks the view of the continuous line of the roof vaulting from one end to the other.

Personally I donʼt think it is an improvement over the cross that would originally have stood here, and would happily see it removed. Or, given that the organ was substantially enlarged in 1891 and again in 1931, at least reduced to something like its original form.

The Close

The Close, Exeter

The Close, Exeter

Exeter Cathedral Close

Exeter Cathedral Close

Some cathedral closes feel detached from the hubbub of the city outside their gates, and are an oasis of tranquillity; Exeter is not one of them.

As well as being a busy thoroughfare, there are many restaurants and bars actually in the close. As a result, it is a busy place at any time of the day or night.