Part of a Norman arch from the Norman House in Preston Street

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Part of a Norman arch from the Norman House in Preston Street

These fragments of an elaborately carved arch with chevron and ball decoration were recovered from the Norman House, Preston Street, following its destruction in the Exeter Blitz of 1942. In fact the house was not itself Norman in date, but incorporated fragments of a grand arcade in a Norman church - almost certainly St Nicholas Priory. Carved in Caen stone imported from Normandy, they date to c. 1140-80.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum