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Exeter used to be a city of two halves: the old quaint Tudor to Victorian town clustered around the cathedral, and the ugly post-war reconstruction following the horrendous bomb damage the city suffered during the Second World War.
Some of the worst of the 50s/60s buildings have now been replaced by the very 21st century concrete and glass Princesshay shopping mall.
But, given what was there before, it is an improvement.
Whilst it is easy to get maudlin over all the fine buildings that have been lost, both during the war and the subsequent reconstruction, there is still much left to enjoy
in this fine old city.