SX9192 : The skyline of Exeter from Redhills

taken 5 years ago, near to Exeter, Devon, England

The skyline of Exeter from Redhills
The skyline of Exeter from Redhills
The skyline is punctuated by cranes building student accommodation, John Lewis, spire of St Michael's (Mount Dinham), spire of Southernhay URC and the towers of St Peter's cathedral. Closer is Miller's Bridge across the Exe
River Exe

The River Exe rises on Exmoor and flows south to Exeter and The English Channel. Its estuary is a good example of a Ria (flooded river valley). It is tidal to Countess Wear, just south of Exeter SX9390 : Countess Weir, River Exe. More information LinkExternal link

Exeter Cathedral

The majority of the building of the Cathedral church of Saint Peter as seen today was commenced in 1275 and externally is mostly of the Decorated period of Gothic architecture (c.1250-1350), though its foundations go back to Saxon times and there are substantial Norman and Early English parts. The Decorated period is itself split into two sub-periods, the earlier "geometric" sub-period (1250-1290) and the later "curvilinear" (1290-1350). Exeter Cathedral exhibits both these styles, but rather more from the former period despite its construction continuing well into the latter one. In general the eastern half of the building containing the Quire, Presbytery and Lady Chapel is from the early Decorated, while the nave is mostly of the later period, though the windows seen on the southern side of the nave abutting the Silent Cloister look more Geometric than Curvilinear to me.
The towers which rise above both transepts however exhibit Romanesque features such as semi-circular topped blind arcading. Romanesque architecture dates from the Norman period (c.1070-1180) so are part of the earlier minster built on this site by the Normans.
Exeter's greatest feature is probably its marvellously ornate West Front which is covered in statuary. This is one of the finest surviving examples of Decorated architecture in Britain. Unfortunately at the time of writing (June 2012) much of this glory is covered in the ugliest conceivable tatty garish wrapping, no doubt to protect it from the elements while repairs are carried out.
Internally the ceiling of the nave is "palm vaulted" typical of the transition from the Decorated to the Perpendicular period.
A surprisingly brief EH listing can be found here LinkExternal link
A detailed pdf map of the Cathedral area here LinkExternal link

Church of St Michael and All Angels, Exeter

St Michael and All Angels Church, on Mount Dinham in Exeter is an Anglican church. It is a Grade I listed LinkExternal link . The building in is the early French Gothic style and was built to the designs of Major Rohde Hawkins, 186768. The reredos is by W. D. Caroe, 1899.
The church was built in 1868.

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SX9192, 1542 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Date Taken
Friday, 1 March, 2019   (more nearby)
Monday, 11 March, 2019
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 915 926 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:43.4210N 3:32.2504W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 903 927
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Image Type (about): cross grid 
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