Archaeological study of the high roofs at Exeter Cathedral

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Archaeological study of the high roofs at Exeter Cathedral

This long section was prepared by Stewart Brown Associates in 2000 as part of their archaeological study of the Cathedral’s high roofs. The blocks of solid colour at the foot of the drawing show the masonry above the high vaults; above them are the trusses of the high roof, which lean to the west. The cathedral’s high altar lies below the right edge of the drawing, whilst the organ at the crossing lies below its left edge.

The study showed that the high roofs of the presbytery (red- to the right), choir (blue- to the left) and crossing were made as single units of eight principal frames, with intermediate trusses between them, which no doubt would have been framed up at ground level before being erected.

Acknowledgments: Stewart Brown Associates Exeter Archaeology