Cathedral to hold service of thanksgiving following devastating fire

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:14pm

A special service of thanksgiving will be held this Saturday in Exeter Cathedral, two weeks on from the devastating fire which ripped through historic properties on the Cathedral green and destroyed the historic Royal Clarence hotel. Members of all emergency services have been invited to the service and will be thanked for their heroic efforts to stop the fire from spreading. The Dean, the Very Revd Dr Jonathan Draper, said he hoped all those who had been affected in any way by the fire would come along to the short service. “We want to thank the emergency services for their heroic efforts...

Salvaging important historical remains from Exeter's Royal Clarence Hotel

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 11/05/2016 - 10:51am

Exeter City Council is doing everything it can to salvage as much as possible from the original structure of the fire-damaged Royal Clarence Hotel.

The City Council said yesterday (Friday 4 November) that it was working closely with the hotel’s owners, Andrew Brownsword Hotels, Historic England and other partners to salvage and record any particularly significant fabric and items from the wreckage.

Following last weekend’s fire, the site has now been handed back to the owners, Andrew Brownsword Hotels. The main priority is to make the site safe.

In a statement, the...

Exeter Christmas Market to go ahead

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/03/2016 - 7:26pm

It has been confirmed this afternoon that the 2016 Exeter Christmas Market will go ahead. Included in this year’s event will be a special chalet for the use of independent traders in the cathedral area who have been closed since the fire took place.

The Market starts on Saturday 19 November and runs until Sunday 18 December.

Exeter City Council, Exeter Cathedral and Market Place (operators of the market) have been working tirelessly with safety advisors over the past number of days to establish a safe and appropriate way forward. Given the extent of the damage caused by the...

Show must go on: Guildhall saves the day

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:34pm

An opera performance threatened with cancellation because of the fire in the centre of Exeter will now go ahead thanks to staff at the Guildhall.

Staircase Opera’s performance of Menotti’s ‘The Medium’ was due to take place at the Devon and Exeter Institute tonight, Thursday and Friday. However the Institute, which is located on the Cathedral Green, is currently within the safety cordon brought about as a result of the fire at the Royal Clarence Hotel at the weekend.

Staff at the City Council heard about the group’s plight and stepped in to save the day, offering up the 700...

Musical opportunity for Devon’s young singers

Youngsters who love singing are being offered a wonderful chance to spend a day with Exeter Cathedral’s Choristers at a special event next month. The day-long taster session, which takes place on Saturday 26thNovember 2016, is a free event offered by the music department at the Cathedral and gives children an opportunity to get a taste of life in the Cathedral Choir and sing with the current Choristers. Timothy Noon, the Cathedral’s Director of Music and conductor of the Cathedral Choir, will lead the singing workshops on the day. He said: “Singing in a choir is not only really enjoyable...

Cathedral drainage project announced

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/06/2016 - 12:37pm

VITAL repairs to the drainage system around Exeter Cathedral begin next week as part of an ongoing project to prevent serious damage to the fabric of the building. Efficient drainage around the Cathedral is vital for taking rainwater away from the stonework and preventing damp and decay. Localised excavations between the North Tower and the West Front of the Cathedral will allow for pipes to be replaced, manholes renewed and other repairs to be carried out. The project begins on Monday 10th October, will last for 4-5 weeks and is funded by the First World War Centenary Cathedrals repair...

Evensong Celebration gives thanks to Freemasons of Devonshire

A special Evensong was held in Exeter Cathedral recently, led by the Dean of Exeter, the Very Reverend Dr Jonathan Draper, to give thanks to the Freemasons of Devonshire for the nave furniture donated by them over the course of several years.

The dais, altar and lectern were designed by cathedral architect Camilla Finlay and produced some years ago and have now been completed by the recent addition of a font, which were all funded through a generous donation of many thousands of pounds by the Masonic Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire.

The picture shows Dr Draper, members...

Discover the Exeter Book

Event Date: 
07/09/2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Library and Archive

Your opportunity to experience the oldest book of English literature in existence. Written in about 970AD, the Exeter Book is the oldest of only four surviving books of Anglo-Saxon literature anywhere in the world. Much admired for its beautiful writing and the quality of its verse, this unique book of poetry has been at Exeter Cathedral since Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, gave it to his church in around 1072. Within its 246 pages are some 40 poems and nearly 100 poetic riddles.

Earlier this year the Exeter Book was granted UNESCO Memory of the World status, signalling its ‘...

Free tours at Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is set to offer a limited number of free entry specialist tours as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days.

The tours, which take place at set times between 8th and 11th September 2016, cover a range of topics relating to the Cathedral including stained glass and the historic ‘misericords’ – carved seats which date back to the 13th century.

Some tours also include free admission to the Cathedral for a more general guided tour of the building, video introduction to the Cathedral’s history and free audio tour. Booking is essential – call 01392 285983 (10am-4pm...

TV’s Miranda comes to Exeter for ‘wild’ concert

Miranda Krestovnikoff, presenter of Coast and The One Show, will be welcomed to Exeter on Saturday by Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) for ‘A Concert for Wildlife’ at Exeter Cathedral. Exeter Symphony Orchestra will be performing a programme of popular pieces inspired by nature in a concert to raise funds for DWT’s work to protect Devon’s wildlife and wild places. Miranda said: “As a musician and one who is passionate about wildlife, this evening combines two of the most important aspects of my life and I am delighted to be there with my family to support it.” The concert, on Saturday 16 July at...