The Vicar with a Hooker


The Anglican Divine, Richard Hooker, famously described Anglicanism’s theological underpinning as being like a three-legged chair – scripture, reason, tradition. I note he isn’t sitting on a three-legged stool in this statue in the grounds of Exeter Cathedral – a building which is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture.

The Cathedral’s tierceron vaulted ceiling spans 96 metres and is the longest medieval stone vault in the world. The ornate rounded bosses act as keystones, locking the vaults in place. The Cathedral has 400 bosses, carved with a variety of Gothic images including plants, animals, heads, figures ,and coats of arms.

Stories of Christian martyrdom through the ages are depicted in the Martyr’s Pulpit (nineteenth century).

A memorial to Samuel Wesley.

The Cathedral has a number of beautiful chapels, 



and some exceptionally well preserved tombs.

Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter 1504-1519 (below) was clearly the king of bling in his day, never saw a ring he didn’t like but managed to establish Manchester Grammar School and was co-founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.


The stained glass window of the Lady Chapel.


The stained glass in the Great East Window (below) dates from the fourteenth century.


The spectacular bishop’s throne has a canopy that is 18 metres tall. The canopy was made between 1312-1316 from local Devon oak, locked together by wooden pegs.


One comment

  1. Judy Goodes

    Awe inspiring- thank you for sharing

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