"Cathedral Close" Exeter Things to Do Tip by leics

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  Ancient doorway 1
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  • Ancient doorway 1 - Exeter
      Ancient doorway 1
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  • Overhanging upper storeys - Exeter
      Overhanging upper storeys
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  • Building with later addition of oriel window - Exeter
      Building with later addition of oriel window
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  • Ancient doorway 2 - Exeter
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There are some truly ancient buildings in the area surrounding the Cathedral (always known as a 'close' in England). This area is where those who worked in and for the cathedral were traditionally house.

There were once seven gates into the close area: St Petrock's (see tip) was one of them

Of course, most of Exeter's ancient close buildings have long gone..destroyed in bombing or before then. But a few remain, to the northern edge of the close.

Look at the doorways and windows in particular. They give away a building's age.

The buildings in the photos almost certainly date from the 1400-1500s.

Address: Cathedral Close
Website: http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/em/_places/cathedral_close.php

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