The old Saxon cathedral for the West Country was at Crediton, but the Normans moved it to Exeter. The original building was on the site of St. Mary Major Church which, until the 70s, stood right up against the west front of the present cathedral. The two great towers of the cathedral are the original Norman ones, but the rest of the building was replaced by Bishop Grandisson in the medieval period, when the magnificently sculptured west front and vaulted roof were built. Exeter has a number of fascinating chantry chapels for medieval and Tudor bishops and a very ancient clock. The structure received a direct hit during the Second World War bombing of the city, but luckily only a small chapel was destroyed.
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