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A Porpoise Found at Dawlish 1468

This extract comes from one of four Excrescence Account books located in the Cathedral’s Library & Archives. These books are some of the largest in the Archives, and contain details of the ‘excrescences’, or surplus at the end of the chapter’s financial year, which was divided between the resident Canons. Unfortunately, due to unpaid rents from tenants, there was frequently no such surplus. The accounts contain valuable information about rents received (or not), as well as sundry expenses, for the period 1428-1762. This particular volume even includes expenses divided up from half a porpoise which washed up at Dawlish in 1468.