Group visit 6.12.2018
Thirteen members of the Churches & Historic Buildings Visiting Group met at Tuckers Hall in Fore Street, Exeter, where we enjoyed a video giving the historic background to the hall’s foundation. It was first built as a chapel two floors in height in the late C15th for the Exeter Guild of Weavers, Fullers & Shearmen on land given by the Bowden family.
After the Reformation a dividing floor was installed and a panelled hall with a barrel vault was constructed on the upper storey. The fact that the Guild had separate premises from the other guilds of the city, whose HQ was in the Guildhall, gave them complete autonomy when it came to the payment of any city taxes.
We went upstairs to have a look at the magnificent hall and listened to a guide telling us more of the history of the building. After a detailed inspection of the hall and the area around it, we moved on to St Pancras Church in the middle of the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
Group members felt that they had other things to do after lunch, so we did not visit St Michael’s church, Alphington as had been intended.
The images give an idea of the hall. It is quite small, but is beautifully decorated.