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Thirteen Poor Men of Good Character

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St Catherine’s Chapel and Almshouses, Exeter

St Catherine’s Chapel and Almshouses, in Exeter, were founded by Canon John Stevens in 1457 to house thirteen poor men of good character.

The residents were transferred to alternative accommodation in 1811 and the almshouses fell into disrepair.  During the Second World War soldiers were billeted here for a time, but in May 1942 this area was destroyed by bombs.

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It was decided to leave the ruins as they were to serve as a memorial to the losses of that night.  Glass doors have since been added in the position of the interior doors of the almshouses and artifacts found on site have been encased within the glass.

Linked to Tuesdays of Texture, Monday Escapes and From Every Angle
aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 1 September 2015

10 replies »

  1. I was just saying to Trish from Mum’s Gone To I haven’t explored Exeter yet and I think I’m missing something! Looks fascinating city and the story of the 13 poor men is really interesting. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes


  2. My son has been at Exeter University since last September so we are becoming more familiar with the city. I love to walk through this area, especially the way it is lit at night.


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