Traces of the past, Exeter’s City Wall

Parts of Exeter’s city wall is nearly 2000 years old, built in Roman times and nearly 70 % of it still exists. Through the centuries it has been repaired and added to many times. This section of the wall is close to where the Southgate would have been.There is archaeological evidence that the gate would have had two towers, being the area of the city most vulnerable to attack, because of its proximity to the river.
of the city

Roman wall

The building inside the wall is the White Ensign Club, for serving and ex-service men and women. Formerly the Holy Trinity Church and built in 1820, on the site of a much earlier church, and the King’s Prison.

The City Wall trail is around a mile, a nice way to see some historic elements of the city.

Join Paula’s Traces of the past, she’s in Venice this week!



17 thoughts on “Traces of the past, Exeter’s City Wall

  1. Sites like this give me hope, and faith in human race. We are not all about destruction then, when we were able to preserve a site remarkable as this for so long. Exquisite entry, Gilly. Thank you 🙂

    1. It isn’t a very big city, or as grand as some. A lot was lost in the blitz sadly, but it’s still a lovely place. Maybe you’ll be back one day!

      1. Our particular interest in Exeter’s cathedral is because my great great grandfather attended the training school in the Precinct of the Close of St. Peter’s in Exeter in 1841.

      2. Fascinating! I wonder if it was in the building that houses the Devon and Exeter Institution, or maybe what is now the Cathedral school.

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