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Photo Friday - 2 ... St Catherine's Almshouses, Exeter 
3rd-Apr-2016 02:34 pm
Amen!
Right in the centre of the shopping centre are the remains of the almshouses.  This Chapel and almshouses were founded by Canon John Stevens DD, (Doctor of Physick), in 1457, to house thirteen poor men. Regulations during the 17th and 18th Century changed, allowing married couples to live there. In the 19th Century, they changed again to favour widows, and single women. In 1811, the thirteen residents were increased to fifteen, by installing two extra habitations.

During the second war, servicemen were billeted in the buildings. The bombing of May 1942 destroyed the Almshouses and Chapel. Rather than clear the ruins, the City Council landscaped the ruins as a memorial to that dreadful night.

There are a few more details of the intervening history here



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The glass panels contain pieces of crockery that were found in both the rubble and some older from around the grounds when things were being preserved.
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Comments 
3rd-Apr-2016 02:52 pm (UTC)

beautiful!

12th-May-2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city.
3rd-Apr-2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
You are so lucky to have so much history where you live. Thanks for sharing.
3rd-Apr-2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
oooooOoooOo hello you :D
12th-May-2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, I love it.
3rd-Apr-2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
york has lots of stuffs like this and I have always loved ancient in the middle of new so find these pictures stunning. :)
12th-May-2016 03:07 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, I do remember going to York when I was about 10, but it is on my bucket list of must-visits.
3rd-Apr-2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
What an amazing memorial!
12th-May-2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, and it is good how they have kept the history around, despite the regeneration.
3rd-Apr-2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
Here in America they'd have already replaced those ruins with a tacky mini-mall or other retail property... named after the displaced ruins. I am so glad it's not like that there.


Gabrielle
12th-May-2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city. They used to do that a bit in the 60 - 70s, but luckily realised what was happening before we lost too much.
3rd-Apr-2016 08:13 pm (UTC) - What a good memorial - they have a sad air about them
There is a sad air about them even in pictures - a suitable memorial, I think.
12th-May-2016 03:09 pm (UTC) - Re: What a good memorial - they have a sad air about them
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

That memorial is great that it exists, and there are usually people looking at it.
3rd-Apr-2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting piece of history. I love that they left the ruins standing by way of memorial.
12th-May-2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, and it is great that they blend the old with the new so well.
12th-May-2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hey, no need to apologise -- I know you've not been feeling well, so you've got all the reasons in the world!
4th-Apr-2016 06:30 am (UTC)
It's wonderful to have history preserved. Is that a cute Westie I see? Yours?
12th-May-2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, and it is great that they blend the old with the new so well.

Yes, Jiffy is now mine, although he was mum & dad's. He is a darling and loves going into the city on the bus.
6th-Apr-2016 12:49 am (UTC)
Neat! I love it when you include the history!
12th-May-2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
With huge apologies for the belated reply!

Exeter is certainly a stunning city, and it is great that they blend the old with the new so well.

I love looking up the history myself, so decide that others may want to know about things.
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