Damage to the cathedral

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Damage to the cathedral

War Damage to Exeter Cathedral, May 1942 by Dennis Flanders (1915-1994) © Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

The cathedral suffered a single direct hit during the Blitz of 1942, when the chapels flanking the south choir aisle were demolished. The painting by Dennis Flanders, dated June 1942, shows the scene immediately afterwards. Fortunately the Bishop's Throne, a masterpiece of medieval woodwork which stood in the choir, close to the site of the blast, had been removed to Mamhead at the outbreak of the war.

The painting was presented to the museum by the War Artists' Advisory Committee in 1948.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum