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Exeter 6 of some

A few more of Exeter Cathedral

Exeter 6 of some

A few more of Exeter Cathedral

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  • Alan
  • Moab, Utah.
  • 15 Oct 2013, 01:21
I like the emergency exit with the fire extinguishers either side smile Oh.. and the door has a cat flap, too.
Bill Phillips: It actually is a cat flap!
I like the inside of the cathedral Bill... but the fire extinguishers seem out of place... but they are there out of necessity... lots of old wood....petersmile
Bill Phillips: It is a public building so has to comply with fire regs I guess!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Oct 2013, 04:03
Love that door, with its ancient fire extinguishers.
Bill Phillips: Would have been leather buckets at one time probably!
  • Chris
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 06:35
These are fine details, especially so the incised graffiti on the alabaster
Bill Phillips: It shows up very clearly with the old HDR
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 06:54
different aspects of this cathedral - I like especially the unusual, but very necessary one on the left! It reminds me of the words of my vicar in childhood days who often loudly preached during the service: "God is no fire brigade we call only at emergency ...!"
Bill Phillips: Hahaha Very good Philine
Like the big splashes of red, Bill (from two pink fuchsias, C and L)
Bill Phillips: Even cathedrals have to comply with fire regulations grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 08:31
I know exactly that Exeter Cathedral has still a church cat whereas Louis, the church cat in Wells Cthedral, has died, unfortunately.
Bill Phillips: Oh what a shame! He was such a character
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 08:38
"The door below the (astronomical) clock has a round hole near its base. This was cut in the early 17th century to allow entry for the Bishop's cat to deter vermin. The vermin were attracted to the animal fat used to lubricate the clock mechanism."
Bill Phillips: Indeed so Philine. The same problem plagued Brunel's atmospheric railway
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 08:46
The Cathedral Cat. Stories from Exeter Cathedral by Nicholas Orme
Paperback: 978-0-95562-394-3 (£9.99)
“An enthralling book of stories about the Cathedral’s past.” Western Morning News

“A sparkling jeu d’esprit … Orme puts the grin into Lohengrin and the cat into Cathedral.” The Spectator
Bill Phillips: He has written a number of books about the history of Exeter cathedral
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 15 Oct 2013, 08:48
They must have been a lazy lot in the old days Bill because their statues always show then lying down.
Bill Phillips: You would have felt at home in those days them
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 09:17
"The Exeter cat that controlled the mouse population at the Cathedral had a penny a week salary to supplement its diet. In the obituaries documented at the Cathedral from 1305-1467 there is even mention of a cat custodian."
Bill Phillips: I love the idea of a salaried cat Philine
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 15 Oct 2013, 10:59
Where would anyone be without the broom cupboard.

You have totally distracted Philine this morning and have stopped her from using the equipment in her own personal broom cupboard.
Bill Phillips: Philine has an understandable interest in cathedral cats. I have an interest in all cats
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2013, 11:02
Not trusting to divine intervention in case of fire then! Makes a fine photo.
Bill Phillips: As most disasters are referred to as an act of God this seems a sensible course of action Mike.
Regardless of the red fire extinguishers, Bill, that extraordinary wooden door and the step beneath it clearly show their great age. Excellent set of images of Exeter Cathedral.
Bill Phillips: Possibly the world's oldest cat flap Beverly
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 15 Oct 2013, 12:14
Love that bottom right shot a lot.
Bill Phillips: I got very arty with that one Mary.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 13:11
Cats were especially loved by men and women of the Church, although there were also times when they were considered to be fellows of devils and witches.
"A ninth-century Irish monk working in Reichenau Abbey wrote in the margins of his manuscript a lovely poem to his pet, a (presumably) white cat called Pangur Ban:

'So in peace our tasks we ply,
Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.'"
Bill Phillips: I love the little poem.
  • Philine
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2013, 13:24
A PLEA has gone out for help in finding Figaro, the Exeter Cathedral cat.
Figaro, who is the latest in a near 600-year-long tradition of cathedral cats in the city, has not been seen for more than a week.
He is the pet of the Dean of Exeter, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, who said: "It is not usual for him to do this, although he had gone missing in his younger days.

"We have had him 11 years and he lives in the deanery. We last saw him on Friday night when he was sleeping in his cradle. He usually gets up and goes out overnight, returning the following morning, but this time he did not come back."
Figaro is a tabby cat and was not wearing a collar.

Cats have a long association with the cathedral, dating back to the 1300s. At one time the cathedral cat was paid as a rodent controller.

In the north-west corner of the cathedral chapel is a memorial to one-eyed Tom, who belonged to head verger E R Hart during and after the Second World War.

The cat lost an eye in a fight with an owl for a rat, which is represented on a corbel in the opposite north-east corner of the chapel.
Anyone with information regarding the missing cat should contact 01392 442238.

I don't konow if Figaro (with photo) has returned to Exeter Cathedral, this was a news from December 5, 2009!
Bill Phillips: I can't find any information that says that he was ever found
If I can get a word in before Philine returns smile Another fine collage from the cathedral, nice window top right, shame about the fire extinguishers, surely they could have found somewhere more discreet or covered them in some way.
Bill Phillips: If they covered them how would anyone ever find them in the event of a fire?
Love that old door with cat flap. A fine collage Bill, showing some aspects of this large cathedral. I visited it about 20 years ago so memory of it is a bit foggy
Bill Phillips: Time you went again Janet. It is a fine building and Exeter is still one of my favourite cities
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 16:29
This is the last comment, sorry, sorry (but church cats and church bears are my special theme):
"The cat was obviously a very important member of the cathedral workforce because there are two 20th century label stops on the arch leading out of St James Chapel depicting a one-eyed cat and an owl. The one on the west shows the head of Tom, the verger's cat in the 1940s. He lost the eye to an owl in a dispute over a rat (shown on the eastern label stop)."
The next time you have to take a picture of this cat's head (lovely- moving)!
Bill Phillips: The picture top right here is St James Chapel. I confess I didn't notice the cat and owl. I have enjoyed your comments Philine thank you for taking the trouble smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2013, 17:46
Great set of pictures.

Amusing about the cat flap - my brother works in Wells cathedral and they have a cathedral cat - I must ask him if they provide it with a cat flap.
Bill Phillips: Apparently the Wells cathedral cat, which I have seen, has recently passed away!
Fine images with a preference to the right bottom one Bill!
Bill Phillips: Thanks Richard. I took a few like that but this was bout the best of them
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2013, 18:57
Bill Phillips: Thank you Philine. The chapel was bombed in the war in retaliation for the Allied bombing of Lubeck. There was a service of reconciliation with the President of Lubeck I believe. A lot of the city centre was damaged too and was not restored after the war. I never saw the old Exeter, of course so only knew it as it was in the 50s and 60s. Some of the buildings from that time are best forgotten
Nice assemblage, Bill
Bill Phillips: I am obliged to you sir
What a difference between the cathedral and St Martin's.
Bill Phillips: A world apart Graeme

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