St Mary Steps was originally by the West Gate of the city; the font is Norman, and there is a remarkable early clock. [7] Coins have been discovered from the Hellenistic kingdoms, suggesting the existence of a settlement trading with the Mediterranean as early as 250 BC. BBC Spotlight is broadcast from Plymouth and ITV Westcountry is broadcast from Bristol, although both services do have newsrooms in Exeter. (The Welsh name for the city, Caerwysg, similarly means "caer or fortress on the Exe".) The plans involve the removal of check weirs and a deeper, "meandering stream" in the centre of the drainage channels to improve flow. The city of Lwów shared the same motto as the city of Exeter - 'Semper Fidelis' (Always faithful). The weir had the effect of preventing water-born trade in the City of Exeter and forced boats to load and unload at Topsham from where the Earls of Devon were able to exact large tolls to transport goods to and from Exeter. [citation needed] It is one of the largest employers in the city. The Met Office, the main weather forecasting organisation for the United Kingdom and one of the most significant in the world, relocated from Bracknell in Berkshire to Exeter in early 2004. On 15 November 2017, a plaque in memory of the squadron was unveiled in the St James Chapel of Exeter Cathedral by the Polish Ambassador His Excellency Arkady Rzegocki. The sculpture collection contains works by artists including Barbara Hepworth, Peter Thursby, Geoffrey Clark and Elaine M. Goodwin. Local branch lines run to Paignton (see Riviera Line), Exmouth (see Avocet Line) and Barnstaple (see Tarka Line). The Atkinson Unit is a secure specialist residential and educational complex for children in care or remanded by the courts. [72] On 25 July 2017 the official restoration plans of how the repaired and restored buildings will look once completed, were officially unveiled to the public for the exterior frontal façade of the buildings. [75] In August 2019 Abode Exeter Andrew Brownsword Hotels announced that the site of the hotel had been put up for sale. The medieval city of Exeter had nearly 70 churches, chapels, monasteries and almshouses.[120]. Predominantly, the Book incorporates shorter poems, several religious pieces, and a series of riddles, a handful of which are famously lewd. Exeter Phoenix is one of South West England's leading contemporary arts venues. There will be some key differences to the nationwide restrictions introduced in March. October is the wettest month with 88.9 millimetres (3.50 in) of rain. The Grecians sit fourth in the League Two table after the 2-2 draw away at Morecambe on Tuesday night, and are now unbeaten in ten. From the 2011 Census, the Office for National Statistics published that Exeter's district area population was 117,773;[87] 6,697 more people than that of the last census from 2001, which indicated that Exeter had a population of 111,076. [27]) According to William of Malmesbury, they were sent beyond the River Tamar, which was fixed as the boundary of Devon. A small fort was also maintained at Topsham; a supply depot on the route between the two was excavated at St Loyes on Topsham Road in 2010. Exeter is part of the South West England European constituency, which elects 6 MEPs. The West Trust Divisional HQ and 999 control is in Exeter which provides cover for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly. Our teams at Cornwall Live, Devon Live and Plymouth Live are committed to bringing you the latest news, guiding you through this global pandemic and providing the stories that matter. Exeter Airport lies east of the city, and the local airline, previously called Jersey European and British European but later as Flybe, was a significant local employer until its collapse in 2020. The only known documentation of this event was written by Dr Thomas Shapter, one of the medical doctors present during the epidemic.[51]. [127][128] In 2020, the club became European Champions for the first time in their history, defeating French club Racing 92 in the final at Bristol's Ashton Gate Stadium 31-27. [93] Out of all the Devon districts, Exeter receives the largest number of commuters from East Devon, followed by Teignbridge. The Exeter Canal, also known as the Exeter Ship Canal, was first constructed by John Trew in about 1566,[118] representing one of the oldest artificial waterways in Britain. Policing in Exeter is provided by the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary who have their headquarters at Middlemoor in the east of the city. [68], A serious fire broke out in buildings in central Exeter on 28 October 2016. To demonstrate British-Polish cooperation and the friendship that had formed between 307 Squadron and Exeter, the squadron presented the city with a Polish flag on 15 November 1942 (the first British city to have had that honour) outside Exeter Cathedral. AM radio is broadcast from Pearce's Hill located at J31 of the M5. Mr Adam Vaitalingam, QC, said there have been problems arranging conferences with his client at Exeter and Long Lartin prisons and he has not been able to take instructions. At the 2001 census, 69.12% of Exeter's population stated their religion as Christian, which is mildly lower than the regional average of 73.99% and the national average of 71.74%. Exeter Cricket Club administer three teams that play in the Devon Cricket League. Chris Martin, lead singer of internationally famous band Coldplay, grew up in a Grade II-listed Georgian house set in eight acres of grounds in the nearby village of Whitestone.[137]. Former landmarks such as St Lawrence, the College of the Vicars Choral & Bedford circus disappeared. Lorraine Cox, from Exeter, who disappeared overnight August 31/September 1 2020, Live US election results as Trump faces Biden in presidential poll, America is voting in the 2020 US Presidential Election, Third Lidl supermarket in Paignton planned, The retailer says it wants to build on the 4.5acre site “at the earliest opportunity.”, Supermarket shelves stripped by stockpilers ahead of second lockdown, Shops have sold out of bread, meat, vegetables, water, pasta, sauces, toilet roll and nappies, South Devon hit hard with 10 Covid-19 deaths in a week, The highest number of new COVID-19 deaths since May have been reported, Government scientist reveals ten thousand people are in hospital with Covid, The startling rise has seen coronavirus cases soar since the start of September, Important to keep unbeaten run going as Exeter City 'will only get better', says Randell Williams. A selection of the aforementioned riddles are inscribed on a highly polished steel obelisk situated in High Street, placed there on 30 March 2005.[133]. In 2019, the city became a UNESCO City of Literature.[134]. There are two festivals each year, of all the arts but with a particular concentration of musical events: the annual "Vibraphonic"[135] festival, held in March provides a fortnight of soul, blues, jazz, funk, reggae and electronic music. However, when steam power replaced water in the 19th century, Exeter was too far from sources of coal (or iron) to develop further. [50], In 1832, cholera, which had been erupting all across Europe, reached Exeter. Clockwise: The Cathedral, The Clock Tower, Devon County Hall, Cathedral Close, The Iron Bridge. In April and May 1942, as part of the Baedeker Blitz and specifically in response to the RAF bombing of Lübeck and Rostock, 40 acres (16 ha) of the city, particularly adjacent to its central High Street and Sidwell Street, were levelled by incendiary bombing. The city's professional rugby union team is the Exeter Chiefs. Extensive canal redevelopments during this period further expanded Exeter's economy, with "vessels of 15 to 16 tons burthen [bringing] up goods and merchandise from Topsham to the City Quay". He was helped in that hearing by a Kurdish interpreter but did not need one for today's proceedings. 1230–40. Historically this was the lowest bridging point of the River Exe which was tidal and navigable up to the city until the construction of weirs later in its history.

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