Architecture sights in Devon
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Magnificent in warm, honey-coloured stone, Exeter's Cathedral Church of St Peter is framed by lawns and wonky half-timbered buildings - a quintessentially English scene often peopled by picnickers snacking to the sound of the bells.
The site's been a religious one since at least the 5th century but the Normans started the current building in 1114 and the towers of today's cathedral date from that period. In 1270 Bishop Bronescombe remodelled the whole building, a process that took 90 years, and introduced a mix of Early English and Decorated Gothic styles. You enter via the gorgeous Great West Front. Above the door, scores of weather-worn figures line an image screen,…
At Exeter's heart is the magnificent Cathedral Church of St Peter, which has stood largely unchanged (barring some WWII bomb damage) for the last 600 years. It's one of the most graceful of England's cathedrals, with features including the 14th-century stained glass of the East Window and the largest section of Gothic rib-vaulting in the world.
There's been a church on this spot since AD 932; in 1050 the Saxon church was granted cathedral status, and between 1112 and 1133 a Norman cathedral replaced the original building. Inside, the carved Pulpitum Screen, completed in 1325, features some marvellous 17th century ecclesiastical paintings. Behind is the choir, decorated…