History & Heritage

Exeter Cathedral was founded in 1050, and the construction of a Cathedral on the present site began in 1114. The two towers and the lower part of the Nave walls of this Norman (Romanesque) building survive in the present Cathedral. A major rebuild, in Decorated Gothic style, was carried out under six bishops between c.1270 and c.1350.

Cathedral treasures

Cathedral treasures

Hidden treasures from the Cathedral's long history, cared for by the team in the Library and Archives.

Library & Archives

Library & Archives

Housed in the West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace is a modern library and archive facility in which are preserved and made accessible the Dean & Chapter’s many thousands of books and documents, which span the 10th to 21st centuries.

Library & Archives

Library & Archives

Housed in the West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace is a modern library and archive facility in which are preserved and made accessible the Dean & Chapter’s many thousands of books and documents, which span the 10th to 21st centuries.

Cathedral treasures

Cathedral treasures

Hidden treasures from the Cathedral's long history, cared for by the team in the Library and Archives.

Cathedral treasures

Cathedral treasures

Hidden treasures from the Cathedral's long history, cared for by the team in the Library and Archives.

Library & Archives

Library & Archives

Housed in the West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace is a modern library and archive facility in which are preserved and made accessible the Dean & Chapter’s many thousands of books and documents, which span the 10th to 21st centuries.

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