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Choir Director Simon Jacobs
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Exeter                 Founded by the Romans in 50A.D. who surrounded the town with a great red stone wall, some parts which can still be seen today.  Under the Anglo Saxons it became a very important place and was twice ravaged by the Danes once in 876 when they occupied the town for three years and again in 1003. Following on after the Norman invasion the town held out till 1068 before finally accepting defeat after an 18 day siege by William the Conqueror.  The town was an important cloth manufacturing area and because of its strategic position close to the coast trading centre right up to the late 18th Century.  Two attractive areas in the city are the Cathedral Close and the area of the quay.  Some Medieval pubs still remain, The Ship, White Hart, Turks Head together with some fine timbered buildings.  Much however was lost in the German bombing of 1942 which flattened a great deal of the city.
Exeter-:derives its name from the River Exe on which it stands and could be conceived as the Roman Exchester the latter half indicating a Roman camp called Isca Dumnomiorum—Isca meaning Exe and Dumnomiorum being the name of the tribe of people who could be called the people of Devon.  The name was first recorded in 894 as Exanceaster and later in the Doomsday book with a Norman influence as Essecestra
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Exeter Cathedral                 It is recorded that a church with a religious community probably existed here from as early as the 7th Century and St Boniface an apostle from Germany was educated here.  It became the seat of the Bishop in 1050 when Leofric made the Minster his Cathedral.  Leofric founded a community of 24 Canons whose successors have run the Cathedral ever since.  The original Cathedral was built in the Norman style and consecrated on the 21st November 1133.  It is believed the Cathedral had boy singers by 1180 and the office of Dean founded in 1225.  During the period 1258-80 a new rebuilding scheme was started which built on the existing Norman foundations and by the 14th Century only the Norman towers remained of the original building.  Little disturbance was made until the exterior was extensively restored in the 19th Century and changes made inside during the period 1870-1877.   The building did take a direct hit during the bombing of 1942 and much damage was done.  The Quire screen is original dating back to 1320 and the Quire has furnishings (Bishops throne nearly 60ft high dating back to the period of Bishop Stapledon (1308-1326) Music plays a very important part in Cathedral life and the Choristers are educated in the school which dates back to the Cathedrals very early days.
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Truro                            Capital city of Cornwall, the commercial hub of the area.  During the Middle ages it was an important port for the export of iron ore, it is now a market town and an administrative centre for the county.  Stood for the King during the Civil War but really history has passed it by.
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considered to be based on the Cornish words Try meaning triple and Erow meaning unit of land the name was first recorded as Triueru in a document of 1176. 
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Truro Cathedral     Although by our standards a modern Cathedral dedicated in 1910.  No one can fail to be impressed when approaching the city, a soaring spire 250ft catching the eye and dominating the centre of the city.  It was the first Anglican Cathedral to be built on a new site in this country since Salisbury in the 13th Century.  The County of Cornwall had been an Archdeaconry of Exeter until the decision taken on the 15th December 1876 which declared the See founded at Truro.  The first bishop was Edward Benson Enthoned in 1877.  Not in a Cathedral but in the small parish church of St Mary the Virgin.  The foundation stone of the new Cathedral was laid on the 20th May 1880 by the then Prince of Wales later to become King Edward VII.  The building was completed and dedicated in 1910.
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St. Mawes                   Beautifully situated on the Cornish South coast, at the Eastern side of the entrance to the Carrick Roads.  The name of the town derives from that of its patron, Saint Mawdeth, a rather obscure Celtic Monk.  The church is mentioned in a document of 1345 as being dedicated to Sanctus Maudetus.  There are several thatched houses on the waterfront overlooking the bay, behind the quay the narrow streets rise steeply, with fine views over the river. 
St Mawes: derived from the name of its Patron Saint Mawdeth, a rather obscure Celtic Monk. Recorded in a document of 1345 as Sanctus Maudetus
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Killerton             The spectacular hillside garden is beautiful throughout the year with spring flowering bulbs and shrubs, colourful herbaceous borders and fine trees.  The garden is surrounded by parkland and woods which offer lovely walks.  The house is furnished as a comfortable family home and includes a music room.  Upstairs the Pauline de Bush collection of costumes from the 18th Century to the present day is displayed in a series of period rooms.
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Plymouth                  Although one of the most celebrated names in British maritime history, there are now over 40 communities spread round the English speaking world with the name Plymouth.  Its potential as a major deep sea port was not really recognised until the turn of the 13th Century.  It became the base of the English Navy during the Elizabethan era.  The time of Drake, Raleigh, Hawkins & Gilbert when it was used extensively to guard the Western approaches from the Spanish fleets.  It was from here on the Hoe on Friday July 19th 1588 that Drake, while playing bowls, was told of the approach of the Spanish Armada.  Ignoring advice he continued with his game until completed.  Then he boarded his vessel the Golden Hind and set off after the Spanish.
The city is split effectively into 2 halves: one half the modern heart of the city. Smashed comprehensively by German bombers between 1940-3 and now rebuilt into a very modern shopping centre.  The other half in the Barbican.  Perhaps the most attractive small urban area in Devon.  This is the site of the Plymouth that Drake would have known.  Beside the harbour in Sutton Pool.  The streets are narrow and sloping with the harbour packed with boats for both pleasure and fishing.  Here also the Mayflower steps where the Pilgrim fathers boarded ship for the historic voyage to Massachusetts.  The actual names of the Mayflowers company are listed nearby on a panel situated on Island House (now the tourist information office).
The parish church of St Andrew built in the 14th Century was extensively fire bombed during the Second World War. Now refurbished.
Drake, Hawkins and Grenville attended St Andrews. The church where the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night before embarking for the new world.

Plymouth:
means at the mouth of the river. The river being the Plym
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National Maritime Aquarium        The largest aquarium in Britain giving the experience of a fascinating underwater world.  A collection of marine life from across the world from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of Australia.  Over 70 sharks from more than 10 different species ranging in size from the small dog fish to the large sand tiger shark.  A superb venue situated in a marine City rich in maritime heritage the NMA is at the forefront of marine science and conservation.
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Dartmoor           You can actually get further from habitation here than anywhere else in Southern England.  Set on a plateau mainly over 1,000ft high, extending some 23 miles from North to South and 13 miles from East to West mainly treeless and uncultivated, a granite base overlaid with peat.  In the 12th Century it was found to be the richest source of tin in Europe.  Freelance miners rushed in from all directions, exhaustion of the surface tin together with the black death in 1349 which hit the moorland settlements very hard, ended the boom.  The moor is now a protected area and national park.
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Buckfast abbey      The original Abbey was founded nearly a thousand years ago and stood for five hundred years before it was closed by Henry VIII. The present community of Benedictine monks returned in 1882 and built the present Abbey on its Medieval foundations, the church was completed in 1938.
The Abbey monks are world famous for stained glass and over the past 50 years have designed and produced windows for over 150 churches. The monks are also quite handy at bee keeping and yes, the tonic wine.
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Powderham Castle                The Manor of Powderham was mentioned in the Doomsday book. It came into the Courtenay family by way of the dowry of Margaret de Bohun on her marriage to Hugh de Courtenay son of the first Courtenay Earl of Devon. Margaret bore her Lord nine daughters & eight sons and from this marriage descends all the subsequent Courtenays Earls of Devon.  She left the Castle to her Sixth son Philip and it was he who began building the castle as we see it today in 1319.
After a very eventful history the castle passed down the family to the 17th Earl who died in 1998 aged 82.  He was succeeded by his only son who managed the estate for many years, he had three daughters and one son called Charles.  Powderham is very much as it was when Fowlers renovations were completed in the 19th Century.  However the 17th Earl made a new entrance on the north side in 1959 when the castle was first opened to the public, built a new flat for him and his wife and made some alterations to their private garden.
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