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Exeter Guildhall 1 
11th-Mar-2017 05:26 pm
James - Discovery Channel
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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Comments 
12th-Mar-2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
The building is very cool. I love the beams in the main all and the idea of a helper monkey made me laugh.
2nd-Apr-2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in replying.

Exeter history is stunning and very photogenic, isn't it? Yes, the idea of a monkey helper is great, isn't it?
12th-Mar-2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
It is a great building.Did the tour may may years ago.
2nd-Apr-2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the delay in replying.

Exeter history is stunning and very photogenic, isn't it? Hope it brought back some good memories.
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