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Alice Mackenzie Swaim

It was such a pretty winter morning as I walked through the Cathedral Close in Exeter (Devon, England) when the snow was white and powdery (a couple of years ago).

One of Exeter’s most popular and well-known ‘places to see’ is St Peters Cathedral. The cathedral, which dominates the close and the city’s skyline, was built 1114 Norman times and its present form was finished around 1375. The two magnificent towers are the main survivors of the original construction.

You are greeted once inside the cathedral by the longest unbroken Gothic vault ceiling in the world with its splendid sculptured bosses. One of these bosses from 1350 shows the murder of Thomas a` Becket. Amongst the many other sights to see within the Exeter Cathedral are the Minstrel’s Gallery of twelve angels playing musical instruments and the Bishops Throne both dating back to around 1315.

Outside beneath the cathedral’s green, a Roman bathhouse lies hidden. Excavated in the 1970’s after its rediscovery – it was then subsequently wrapped and recovered a few years later. This bathhouse was built by the Roman Army and used by its soldiers of the Second Augustan Legion. There have been talks over the years to re-excavate the area for permanent public display.

Also within the Cathedral Close are Mol’s Coffee House, once frequented by Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, The Royal Clarence Hotel which was the first Inn in England to be called a ‘Hotel’, and the Bishop of Crediton’s house. Other fine period buildings in this area sell crafts, gifts, books, paintings and antiques.


A self-taught, passionate photographer and writer – I love capturing beauty through the eyes of a camera. I have self-published 13 books, all non-fiction except one. My books are real life human interest topics that I feel are worthy of reflection.


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  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darabout 3 years ago

    Very good job

  • thankyou so much!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...about 3 years ago

    Charmiene, my beautiful Lady, love your writ, and wow your image is amazing and excellent my good friend..Normaje

  • thankyou NormaJean!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    Superb in image and word as always Charmiene!!!!! Love the pov here.. :))))

  • thankyou Debbie!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 3 years ago

    A lovely shot Charmiene x

  • thankyou Irene!!!!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    lovely Charmiene, is this taken at Exeter xx

  • Hi Lynn, yes this is in Exeter, at the Cathedral Close xx

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupabout 3 years ago

    Nice light and vignette

  • thankyou so mcuh!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    oh pretty snow! lovely photo Charmiene

  • thankyou Linda!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 3 years ago

    Gorgeouos capture!!!

  • thankyou Cheryl!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work Charmiene!

  • thankyou Pamela!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

  • vadim19
    vadim19about 3 years ago

    very lovely!

  • thankyou Vadim!

    – Charmiene Maxwell-batten

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