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Exeter Cathedral Church of St Peter

Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral Interior

Location: Exeter, Devon

Map

Website: http://www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/

Opening Information: See website

History:

A Minster church stood at Exeter until 1003 when Vikings destroyed it. Exeter became a Cathedral in 1050 when St Germans and Crediton were amalgamated under Exeter. The Cathedral visible today is from 1250 to 1369. The twin towers at the East end are Norman. Exter was damaged by bombing in World War II.

Completion of Exeter Cathedral was achieved by John de Grandisson who was Bishop of Exeter from 1327-1369. John de Grandisson built the vaulting in the Nave with his coat of arms in the second from last bay and an image of John de Grandisson in the last bay. John de Grandisson was buried in 1369 within a small chapel he had built within the west wall but was despoiled in the 16th Century. A large 14th Century boss shows the murder of Thomas a Becket being murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

Bishops:

1292-1307 Thomas Bitton

1308-1326 Walter Stapeldon

1326-7 James Berkeley

1327-69 John Grandisson

1370-94 Thomas Brantyngham/Brantingham

1395-1419 Edmund Stafford

Deans:

1284-1302 Andrew de Kilkenny

1302-1307 Henry de Somerset

1309 Thomas de Lechdale

1311-1326 Bartholomew de Sancto Laurentio

1328-1335 Richard de Coleton

1335-1353 Richard de Braylegh

1353-1363 Reginald de Bugwell

1363-1378 Robert Sumpter

1378-1385 Thomas Walkyngton

1385-1415 Ralph Tregision

Effigies:

Henry de Ralegh, died 1303

Henry de Ralegh 1303

Richard Stapeldon, died 1320

Richard Stapeldon 1320

Humphrey de Bohun, died 1322

Humphrey de Bohun 1322

Walter Stapeldon, Bishop of Exeter 1307-1326, founder of Exeter College, Oxford, Trasurer of England 1319-1325. Killed by a mob in London during the unrest at the end of the reign of Edward II. The inside of the canopy shows Christ who has risen ith the wounds of the passion.

Walter Stapeldon 1326

 

Hugh Courtenay and wife, died 1377

Hugn Courtenay and wife 1377

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Edmund Stafford, Bishop of Exeter 1395-1419, Chancellor of England to Richard II, alabaster effigy probably carved at Chellaston, Derbyshire

Edmund Stafford 1419

Edmund Stafford Bishop of Exeter

Brasses: No 14th Century

 

Front Effigies of Exeter Cathedral

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14th Century Bishops Throne and Canopy made in 1313-1316 for Walter Stapeldon by Thomas of Witney

14th Century Bishops Canopy

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Replica Boss from the centre of the crossing between the transepts. The boss is of a knight, being a christian sole fighting 3 dragons who are the world, the devil and flesh. The original boss dates to about 1300.

14th Century Boss

 

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