The Butts

Surveying the Butts - credit tbc

Along the west side of the Pleasure Grounds, backing onto the gardens of Roseland Avenue, is a wall of Heavitree Stone. It marks the boundary of three old fields: Lower, Middle and Higher Butts. One of the meanings of the word ‘Butts’ was a place where boys and men had to practise their archery in … Read more

U Underground Passages

U Underground Passages - courtesy of Exeter City Council

The Underground Passages are access tunnels to Exeter’s medieval water supply system. These were large arched stone conduits, through which water was carried in lead pipes from springs to the north east of the city. They have been altered and extended many times over the centuries, but it is extremely rare to find such a … Read more

R Rougemont Castle

R Rougemont Castle - credit Clare Bryden

Rougemont is a natural rock knoll of volcanic trap, and the source of the second most important building material in Exeter! Trap and Heavitree Stone can easily be told apart. Trap is purple rather than red; it often contains small round holes where air bubbles were trapped as the rock cooled; and it is easier … Read more

I Iron Bridge

I Iron Bridge - credit Clare Bryden

The Iron Bridge was built in 1834 by Russell and Brown of Worcester out of cast iron. It has six arches, each spanning 40 feet (12 metres), and it carries a roadway 24 feet (7 metres) wide. Including the masonry approaches, the overall length is 800 feet (244 metres). It acts as a viaduct across … Read more

G The Guildhall

G The Guildhall - credit Clare Bryden

There has been a guildhall on the site in Exeter High Street since the 12th century, but nothing of the original remains. The latest parts of the building to survive date from the late 15th century. It is now made up of: an Elizabethan block, projecting into the High Street; the medieval main hall; and … Read more