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Did you know that Exeter Guildhall is the oldest civic building in Britain (1468) still in use today? Parts of it date to 1160, though it was altered and augmented in 1330, 1468 and 1591. Full council meetings and grand functions are still held there. Within is contained the oldest civic seal in England (1175).

Did you know that Exeter was unique in medieval Britain in that it had a man-made drinking water system that brought pure spring water into the city? There are passages still to be found under the high street that were excavated in the 14th century for this. The passages have become a tourist attraction, accessed via Paris Street in the Princesshay Quarter. The downside to the original system, by the way, was that it used lead piping.

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Famous Exeter people:

Chris Martin
Cliff Bastin
Franics Hayman
John Bowring
Liam Tancock
Matthew Locke
Michael Caines
Thomas Bodley
William Carpenter
William Clifford
William Temple

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Brit Quote:
Older women are best, because they always think they may be doing it for the last time. - Ian Fleming
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Duke of Clarence Drowned in a Butt of Malmsey Wine - 1478, Pilgrim’s Progress Published - 1678, Churchill’s Maiden Speech - 1901, Antiques Roadshow 1st Broadcast - 1979, Fox Hunting Banned in the UK - 2005
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