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You may know that world famous bands Coldplay, Radiohead and Muse all have ties to Exeter, but did you know….
1. Exeter is home to the oldest civic building in continual use.
With parts of its structure dating back to 1160, the Exeter Guildhall can claim the title of the oldest civic building in Britain, as well as the oldest municipal building in continual use today. The oldest civic seal in England, dating back to 1175, is held inside.
2. Smile! You’re on camera.
Thanks to the high number of CCTV cameras in and around Exeter, it has been estimated that you will be caught on camera at least 300 times a day. Certainly, this is a good excuse to look your best before leaving the house!
3. Exeter Cathedral is a campanologist’s dream
After Liverpool Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral is home to the largest number of bells in the world. The South Tower of the cathedral holds 14 different bells and five times each year, the bells are rung at full peal. Bell ringers from all over the country come to take part in this ceremony.
4. Exeter is home to England’s first ever hotel.
The Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter, built in 1769, is credited as being the first ever hotel in England. In 1770, the building’s French landlord Pierre Berlon published an advert containing the word ‘hôtel’, which was the first time the word had ever been used in an English advert!
5. Exeter is home to some unique, 14th century plumbing.
In medieval Exeter, a series of pipelines were constructed in order to transport fresh, clean drinking water into the town from an external spring. At the time, this was a rather unique innovation. The only downside was that the pipes were made out of lead…