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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
by Rob Farrow

Created: Thu, 7 Jun 2012, Updated: Mon, 11 Jun 2012

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SX9292 : Clock mechanism, Exeter Cathedral by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : BBC advert on Exeter Cathedral by David Smith
SX9192 : River Exe upstream of Cricklepit Bridge by David Smith
SX9292 : Ancient Glass Panel, Exeter Cathedral (1) by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Sir Peter Carew by Rob Farrow
SX9192 : Winter twilight over Exeter by David Smith
SX9292 : Tomb of Bishop William Cotton by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Exeter Cathedral and St Mary Major by Keith Yardley
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SX9292 : Stained glass window, Exeter Cathedral by David Smith
SX9292 : Exeter Cathedral from Whitycombe Valley Park, Exwick by David Smith
SX9292 : Pentecost banners outside Exeter Cathedral, 2019 by David Smith
SX9292 : Sir John and Lady Elizabeth Gilbert by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Assumption of the Virgin wall painting by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : South tower and cloisters of Exeter Cathedral by David Smith
SX9292 : Tomb of Dorothy, Lady Dodderidge by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : The roofline of the north-west side of Exeter's Cathedral Green by David Smith
SX9292 : Sir Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford (probably) by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Palm vaulted roof, Exeter Cathedral by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Exeter Cathedral from Riverside Valley Park by David Smith
SX9292 : Corbel of butterfly and flower, Exeter Cathedral by David Smith
SX9292 : Memorial and wall painting, Exeter Cathedral by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Seventeenth century vandalism by Rob Farrow
SX9292 : Buttresses on the north-east corner of Exeter Cathedral by David Smith
SX9292 : Tomb of Hugh and Margaret Courtenay by Rob Farrow

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