Conservation of the Cathedral

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.

Carefully conserving and restoring this ancient place requires a significant programme of ongoing major works, carried out where possible by a team of skilled stonemasons under the guidance of Clerk of Works, Chris Sampson. Traditional techniques and original materials are used wherever possible.

Some of our recent, current and future projects are detailed below.

Lead roof cresting

Lead roof cresting

Completed in 2014 at a cost of £70,000

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Misericords

Misericor­ds

Important 13th century tip-up seats in need of conservation.

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Conservation of the West Front

Conservat­ion of the West Front

In 2016 a specialist survey (carried out every five years) examined the state of any remaining colouring (the original polychrome) as well as investigating the condition of the carved statues.

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Restoring the East Gable

Restoring the East Gable

A major project which includes new corbels and a new pinnacle.

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South Quire Clerestory

South Quire Clerestory

The Cathedral stonemasons have commenced the repair and conservation of the stonework and glazing to three bays of the South Quire 'Clerestory'.

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A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

Including work on the internal masonry and stained glass. Completed in 2015 at a cost of £280,000.

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Lead roof cresting

Lead roof cresting

Completed in 2014 at a cost of £70,000

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South Quire Clerestory

South Quire Clerestory

The Cathedral stonemasons have commenced the repair and conservation of the stonework and glazing to three bays of the South Quire 'Clerestory'.

FIND OUT MORE
Restoring the East Gable

Restoring the East Gable

A major project which includes new corbels and a new pinnacle.

FIND OUT MORE
Conservation of the West Front

Conservat­ion of the West Front

In 2016 a specialist survey (carried out every five years) examined the state of any remaining colouring (the original polychrome) as well as investigating the condition of the carved statues.

FIND OUT MORE
Misericords

Misericor­ds

Important 13th century tip-up seats in need of conservation.

FIND OUT MORE
A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

Including work on the internal masonry and stained glass. Completed in 2015 at a cost of £280,000.

FIND OUT MORE
Lead roof cresting

Lead roof cresting

Completed in 2014 at a cost of £70,000

FIND OUT MORE
Conservation of the West Front

Conservat­ion of the West Front

In 2016 a specialist survey (carried out every five years) examined the state of any remaining colouring (the original polychrome) as well as investigating the condition of the carved statues.

FIND OUT MORE
South Quire Clerestory

South Quire Clerestory

The Cathedral stonemasons have commenced the repair and conservation of the stonework and glazing to three bays of the South Quire 'Clerestory'.

FIND OUT MORE
Misericords

Misericor­ds

Important 13th century tip-up seats in need of conservation.

FIND OUT MORE
Restoring the East Gable

Restoring the East Gable

A major project which includes new corbels and a new pinnacle.

FIND OUT MORE
A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

A new roof for the chapels of St Andrew and St Catherine

Including work on the internal masonry and stained glass. Completed in 2015 at a cost of £280,000.

FIND OUT MORE

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