Builders in Exeter and South Devon may not know that the city boasts some of the best buildings in the South West of England. In this article we look at just a few of these great buildings, as we take a whistle stop tour of the historic buildings of Exeter .
Exeter Cathedral, one of the city’s most revered buildings, dates back to 1050 when the Bishop’s seat was moved there from Crediton because the walled city of Exeter was believed to offer greater protection from invading forces. The Cathedral’s architects, George Gilbert Scott, John Loughborough Pearson and Thomas of Wyttenaye, created a fine combination of English Gothic and Norman architecture. In 1114, following the Norman invasion, Bishop Warelwast, nephew of William the Conqueror, started building a new, Cathedral, which was opened to worship in 1133 but in 1136 a great fire damaged the nave severely and in the face of continuing conflicts it was not completed until the end of the century.
Work on the construction of the existing quire and nave 1310, followed by the high altar 1328. The marvelous West Front was completed in 1342, with the figures of Jesus and the twelve apostles being added between 1460 and 1480.
Present Day Features
Exeter Cathedral in its present form boasts the lengthiest piece of Gothic stone vaulting of any building in the world. The Bishop’s Throne, constitutes one of the best examples of late 14th century woodworking and the North Tower clock, dating back to 1376, is believed to be one of only four of its genre in the country.
Sadly, the Cathedral was bombed in the Second World War, suffering widespread damage to its roofing construction and the building overall. St James’ Chapel was completely decimated. This necessitated many years of careful reconstruction by roofers in Exeter and South Devon and general Exeter and South Devon builders specializing in renovations.
It still requires a team of dedicated roofers, builders, carpenters and stonemasons to keep the Cathedral building in a good condition because of the continuing effects of weathering and erosion on the structure.
Anyone who is visiting Exeter or Devon and especially anyone who lives there should strongly consider making a trip to the Cathedral. It is a great example of what the builders of Exeter have been proud to accomplish for hundreds of years.