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    Default Exeter Catacombs & St Bartholomew's Cemetary.


    St Bartholomew's cemetary was built in 1835 after a cholera epidemic caused the existing graveyards to be full. The catacombs were designed by Thomas Whitaker and were built between 1835-37. They were the first cemetary buildings in Britain to be built in the style of Ancient Egypt, emulating Egyptian tombs.



    The cemetary is now mostly a park. Built on two levels, the catacombs are built beneath part of the upper level, the lower level still having gravestones and tomb markers, notably in the style of obelisks. The entrance to the catacombes themselves is kept locked with metal gates, but the inside can be accessed during free tours by the Exeter Red Coats between April & October.



    My other black & white photos of the outside of the catacombs & the lower cemetary can be seen in the Gallery.

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    Can you direct me to this - looks really good. Used to live in Exe but never went to the Catacombs :(

    Lovely pics :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TuningHouse View Post
    Can you direct me to this - looks really good...
    Cheers, TH. I'll give it a go. I'll post a map up a bit later once I've got a bit of time to sort it out.
    We used to have a gallery on the forum but not any more, so I'll post a few more pics too.
    Btw, did you ever go in the Underground Passages? I had some video footage from back along, but no pics unfortunately. I've been meaning to go and take some. It's a fascinating tour. :)

    EDIT: I just realised...that was my very first report on DP.
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    Couldn't provide a link as I've never got the hang of it with FE or GE...:o... but here's a screen shot of the map. The crosshair is approximately at the point where there are steps leading down onto the terraces where the catacombs are...it can't be seen as it is, but just click on the top bar to enlarge. :)

    Oddly enough, I'm going to be in Exeter tomorrow, so I'll nip along and get some colour pics. Might even go to the Underground Passages.



    And some more pics. The first one is overlooking the terraced graveyard from the road above the catacombs.









    Cheers. :)
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

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    Excellent, thanks very much. Im hoping to get to the catacombs this weekend :) So will check out the cemetry too. Thanks for the info

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    Here's a LINKY :)
    Do it safely, or not at all.

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    Cheers, Seahorse. :) I really will have to learn how to do that!
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

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    In Google maps, once you are where you want to be, click on "link", and copy the URL from the top box that appears.

    You can then paste that in to your post.

    Do it safely, or not at all.

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    Thanks very much chap

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    After a visit to Poltimore today with Badoosh, Graybags and TheTerrorWheel, the guys kindly dropped me off at the cemetary where I took some colour pics.

    Starting at the top. The cemetary is laid out in layers, with grassy paths running along each terrace.























    Some gravestones have been removed and laid out against the wall at the bottom end.





    Cheers. :)
    "...If we lose our spiritual bond with the land they'll be nothing left of us as a nation..." Phil Rickman.

    I can't read and I can't write, but that don't really matter,
    I come from the west country and I can drive a tractor.


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