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Law Library, Cathedral Yard

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Law Library, Cathedral Yard

List entry Number: 1003867


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Exeter

District Type: District Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Aug-1923

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DV 83

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Medieval ecclesiastical court called the Law Library, Cathedral Close, Exeter.

Reasons for Designation

The Law Library was connected with the Cathedral, is located on Cathedral Close and survives to an incredibly high standard with an intact 15th century roof complete with ornate carvings. Pevsner describes this as one of the most elaborate in Devon. Its previous use as an ecclesiastical court emphasises its importance within the context of legal and administrative activities connected with the Cathedral. It was constructed to the highest standard and retains many of its original features. The standard of survival given its age is incredibly high. It is of considerable importance.


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This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 22 October 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes the 15th century hall of a medieval courtyard house situated to the north east of Exeter Cathedral on Cathedral Close. The hall survives as a two storied room with mullioned windows, part of an early 16th century wall painting and a small timber doorway with elaborately cusped head. Internally there is a rebuilt gallery over screens and a three bay hammerbeam roof with louver, moulded timbers supported by carved stone corbels with angels and lions and ornamented with bosses. The building was connected with the Chancellor of the cathedral since the entrance arch bears his coat of arms. It may once have been an ecclesiastical court. It is in use as a local law library.

It is Listed Grade I.

Selected Sources

Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details

National Grid Reference: SX 92165 92607


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