The Form and Growth of the City Medieval City

After tremendous growth between 1000 and 1200, Exeter experienced a long period of more modest success in the later middle ages. It remained a regional centre for much of Devon and Somerset, with its markets and fairs, town crafts and foreign trade. It was also an important centre of the church, with its cathedral, monasteries, friaries, and hospitals, in addition to its thirty parish churches. By the late 14th century as much as a third of the city's population lived outside the walls - especially the poor.