Exeter Cathedral

The word cathedra means seat of a Bishop and the building of Exeter’s began in 1112 on ground that had been used by a religious community since the 7th century. These are the organ pipes, the biggest is 11 metres tall.

The Exeter Astronomical Clock dates from the 15th century and always fascinated me as a child. 

With its complicated workings. 

With angels watching over them, a monument to the 2nd Earl and Countess of Devon, from the 14th century.

A section of tapestry on a bench

and another tomb, this one 19th century, the Macdonalds from the isle of Skye.

An 18th century clergyman

Some little details that I like

This stone screen or pulpitum was built between 1317 and 1325

and the view through is of the Quire.

Above the Quire is the organ in a 17th century case

My favourite part of the cathedral has always been the lady Chapel but today I couldn’t take photos because of a service so this one is courtesy of   © Copyright Neil Kennedy and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

A view of the pulpit with the organ in the background

and the detail of the pulpit

Looking high

Some ceiling bosses

The West Front Window

and I saved the best until last, the vault was created as a vision of heaven in the Tierceron style. St Peters has the longest continuous medieval vault in the world, around 96 metres.

So what do you think of Exeter’s glorious cathedral?

I’m adding this photo for http://beeblu.wordpress.com/category/home/ sorry its not very good but you can read a little more about the clock!


66 thoughts on “Exeter Cathedral

    1. Thank You Julia! A couple of weeks ago I posted a pic from my android, very happy because there was no scaffolding – surprise yesterday it was back! Annoying because I’d hoped to get a better quality exterior shot.

  1. Exeter Cathedral is an Anglican Church, yeah? Many of the Roman Catholic churches built in New England during the 1700-1800s were modeled after European cathedrals, and they are exquisite in architecture and design. However, there’s nothing built in the last 75yrs that can compare! Even the stained glass windows of current times, while elaborate, detailed, and expensive, are no match for the real thing as your lovely photos attests!
    Thank you for sharing this!!!

    1. It is yes! I agree, although there are some striking modern buildings including places of worship few can compete with the historic ones. Thanks for coming round honey, have a good day!

  2. My grandmother’s younger sister and her husband were Friends of Exeter Cathedral. Every Christmas, the card would be a view of it. Had we kept them all we would have had an unparalleled collection.

  3. I was like you in awe of THE clock as a child, and will always love the feel and majesty of Exeter Cathedral. Your beautiful photos contain the love and beauty of the place , superb. Thank you xx

  4. Just beautiful! I never tire of church architecture and interiors….one of the best places to get a good picture too (which is obvious by this post!)
    Great job, Gilly!

  5. What beautiful pictures, and I love the details you’ve drawn our attention too. I used to live in Exeter and had forgotten how beautiful the cathedral is. Thank you for the reminder ..

  6. Wow. Great photos Gilly. The clock is definitely fascinating. I’m inspired to look up more information about it. The organ was of particular interest to me as well. I’ve been an organist most of my life, and was a church organist and choir director for several years. I’ve played a number of pipe organs, but I don’t think I’ve ever sat down to one with pipes that huge.

  7. My word, Gilly. Every shot looks so so good. The overview of that last picture must have had you trigger you that will to go on details with this cathedral, which is no wonder because it really shows so much intricacy to the designs. Really great piece, Gilly.

    1. Hey where have you been lately I’ve missed you? I love the new look on your blog, I haven’t been getting notifications of your posts. Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

  8. what incredible photos Gilly. When I saw the first one of the organ it looked asit were suspended and I was like – OMG…I could spend hours in a building like that

    1. Thanks Jo, yes you would love it. I was there for a couple of hours on Saturday and I’ve been countless times before. I’m quite proud of the photo of the vaults!

  9. Lovely photos.I can see how it’s been a place that’s always been important to you. After me and Steve got married at Exeter Registry Office in 78, (gosh) we all tramped through the cathedral and I made my promises to God without anyone knowing except my Mum.DYWTKT?
    BTW a wonderful old lady used to give our daughter Charlotte free piano lessons. She had a collection of books which she gave to me “because I know you’ll find them a good home.” Dorothy died over fifteen years ago, but she’d be pleased to know that I’ve now found a good home for the first edition of “The Story of Exeter Cathedral” by Arthur Huxley Thompson MA (1933 Raphael Tuck & Sons) (wot no IBSN) … next time we meet up, I’ll bring it along
    Mon xx

    1. Dear Mon, I’m glad you liked my post and thrilled you love the cathedral and that you came by! the book sounds like treasure too. Be lovely to catch up with you and Nell too!

  10. Stunning post, Gilly, so glad you linked back to it so I could enjoy this. What a spectacular cathedral – and I adore that photo of the hands. xxx

  11. I think Exeter Cathedral is stupendous! Loved that vault shot – how did you get it? And I have a shot of my brother-in-law with his hand inside one of those organ pipes. It would be very moving to attend a service there –

    1. I have once when I was a young girl and I’ve also been up on the roof, before I had a camera, the bells were amazing and the view! The vault shot, by bending my neck into a shape it didn’t like!!! I’m so happy that you like the cathedral, I’m very proud of my city.

  12. This is not only a fantastic and exquisite cathedral, but your pictures captured it beautifully! I love cathedrals and this one is awesome. I HAVE to visit your part of the world one day…

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