Wednesday, 9 August 2017


Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon, England with a population of 129,800 (mid-2016 est.). It lies within the county of Devon, of which it is the county town as well as the home of Devon County Council. The administrative area has the status of a non-metropolitan district under the administration of the County Council; a plan to grant the city unitary authority status was scrapped under the 2010 coalition government.

The city is on the River Exe about 60 km northeast of Plymouth and 110 km southwest of Bristol. Exeter was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain, although there is evidence a Cornish tribe existed in Exeter before the Roman invasion. Exeter became a religious centre during the Middle Ages and into the Tudor times: Exeter Cathedral, founded in the mid 11th century, became Anglican during the 16th-century English Reformation.

During the late 19th century, Exeter became an affluent centre for the wool trade, although by the First World War the city was in decline. After the Second World War, much of the city centre was rebuilt and is now considered to be a centre for modern business and tourism in Devon and Cornwall.

This post is part of the Wordless Wednesday meme,
and also part of the Outdoor Wednesday meme,
and also part of the ABC Wednesday meme.

The following two images are interesting as they are more than 100 years apart, although viewed from the same vantage point (High Street, with the Guild Hall on the left) The first is from a 19th century illustration of 1895, while the second one is from the 21st century!


  1. Wonderful post with great history info and some beautiful photos!

  2. wonderful place.... would love to visit it.... abc shows me places worth visiting, now I need the time and the momey to travel to all of them ;-)

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  3. Great post, I always love a little history! #OutdoorWednesday

  4. It's remarkable to see that this street remained essentially unchanged for a century!
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  5. That's so interesting. Those buildings really haven't changed that much. They were certainly built to last. Enjoyed all your photos.

  6. It is like looking at old photographs of this place. Wonderfully done!

  7. Love the info and photos on Exeter! Never been there but now want to visit!

  8. Another must to visit!

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