Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. It boasts the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world, stretching 96m (315ft) across the nave. The Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the […]

Exeter Cathedral is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. It boasts the longest continuous medieval stone vault in the world, stretching 96m (315ft) across the nave. The Cathedral is the spiritual home for a wide diversity of people, and all who come through the door are warmly welcomed.

The Cathedral Library and Archives contain the remains of moulded ‘votive offerings’ made of hollow beeswax, which were hung around the tomb of Bishop Edmund Lacy (c. 1370-1455) by pilgrims seeking cures through the bishop’s saintly influence. Discovered during repair work following the bomb damage in 1942, they are of great importance as there are no other survivals of this kind in Great Britain. Lacy became Bishop of Exeter in 1420, having accompanied his friend Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt (1415). Discover more.