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Living Paintings

Exeter Gateway to the South-West

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Available braille grades:

This collection is a fabulous county tour. It explores Exeter and its surrounding area, featuring some of the visual treasures it holds including the scenery, wildlife, famous buildings, landmarks as well as delving into its rich history. A great way to learn more about this popular area in the comfort of your own home.

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Although the sky looks ominously grey, the sun shines through from the left, revealing a scene of destruction over much of the picture, but in the background, on the right, we see the cathedral of St Peter still dominating the horizon. This ancient cathedral miraculously escaped the bombing with relatively minor damage. One chapel and part of the south choir aisle of Exeter Cathedral were destroyed; however, the side shown in the picture was undamaged. In front of the Cathedral two leafy trees and some buildings also remain undamaged, creating a great contrast to the rest of the picture. The proximity of the cathedral to the area of devastation emphasises how close it too came to complete destruction. The foreground of the picture is dominated by the rubble left by the bombing raid. Two large bare trees and many small green shrubs show what a pleasant area this must once have been

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Exeter from Exwick by Francis Towne
Exeter Cathedral – The West Front – Various
Exeter Cathedral Great East Window – Various
Exeter Cathedral – The Nave Looking East – Various
Exeter Cathedral – West Front Facade, 15th Century Clock, Green Man Effigy and The Exeter Elephant – Various
The Common Seal and Coins of the City of Exeter
coins – Various
Near the Quay, Exeter by John White Abbott
Turf on theExe by George Whitaker
Fingle Bridge by William Widgery
The Fair Toxophilites by William Powell Firth
Bedford Circus after the Blitz by A C Bown
Powder Mills Farm, Dartmoor by Alan Richards
Customs House, Exeter – non known
Killerton, National Trust House – Architect John Veitch

What our members say

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Enjoyable Thank you, I have enjoyed returning to this album. After receiving it the first time I visited Exeter for a few days and my visit was enhanced by the album. Returning to it has brought back memories of an enjoyable visit. Alfreda
Totally engrossed by Exeter Cathedral I also enjoyed the pictures of Exeter especially Bedford Circus after the bombing of the city. I liked the variation between buildings, pictures and coins which I think made this an exciting and interesting album. Library Member
Enjoyed The account of the cathedral was informative and exciting; I felt I had really been there by the time it was finished! I also enjoyed the idea of a walk around Exeter and a look into the museum. All in all, you gave me the feeling that you were sharing with us a much cherished part of England. Library Member
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