Thomas Sharp’s plan, 1946

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Thomas Sharp’s plan, 1946

In the later years of the war the government appointed town planners to draw up proposals for rebuilding the badly damaged city once the war was over. The planner Thomas Sharp presented his proposals in his book Exeter Phoenix (1946). Sharp was very conscious of the historic character of the city and the high quality of its best buildings, but recommended rebuilding the city in a modern style, and tried to offer a mix of large new shops and offices with the old.

Opinions about his work have varied greatly. In fact only parts of his plan - the High Street and Princesshay for example - were carried through.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum