Plaster ceiling at 38 North Street

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Plaster ceiling at 38 North Street

The ceiling illustrates the developments in plasterwork in the early 17th century, and is datable to c. 1620-40. The simple rib patterns of Elizabeth's reign have been much enriched with the addition of animal motifs and more complex foliage. The craftsman who created the ceiling is unknown, but some of the motifs match those in ceilings in the Totnes-Dartmouth area by the same workshop. The ceiling was salvaged in fragments when 38 North Street was demolished in 1972.

Acknowledgments: Exeter Archaeology