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Some of the worst of the 50s/60s buildings have now been replaced by the very 21st century concrete and glass Princesshay shopping mall.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.
The Exe Bridge
Most ancient bridges, are either still in use, albeit much widened, or have been replaced with a more modern structure.
Exeter is unusual in that the base of the northern end of its ancient medieval bridge is still in place, but the river has moved to one side.
It now sits, somewhat forlornly, in the middle of a massive traffic gyratory, but if you can ignore the constant noise of near stationary traffic, it is well worth a visit.
Leading down to the old bridge is West Street, with some fine old timber-framed buildings.