Exeter Guildhall 1

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 05:26 pm
debris4spike: (James - Discovery Channel)
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This morning I went on a guided tour of Exeter Guildhall .  I had been in the building a few years ago, but this time I got to know both the history, and see behind the scenes.

1190 Richard I granted a charter placing the city under the rule of a Mayor, and the main section of the building was built in the early 1300's.

The outside of the building, added in 1593
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The double door added at the same time.
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Looking back into the Hall from the female prison cells
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The Jury room
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This is an amazing window (and it survived the second World War).  It was originally glazed in 1477 and then this was re-done as seen below, in 1722
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The Lord Mayor's Chambers
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Inside the main hall ... while the ceiling was being made,  if any of the workmen dropped something they had a pet monkey who would pick up the items for them!
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The wooden floor was placed in the hall during WWII to provide a sprung floor for dancing, for the white American soldiers..  The original Portland stone floor was not replaced, as this is part of Exeter's heritage,
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