Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Exeter Cathedral - Rondels

All around the nave of the cathedral are embroidered cushions, called the Exeter Rondels, covering the stone seats.

They describe the story of the cathedral from its beginnings to modern times and athe work of volunteers.

 The names of the Bishops, deans and monarchs accompany the scenes throughout the ages.

This rondel describes the creation of the elephant misericord, a mid-thirteenth century carving.

Misericords are seats which when tipped up provide a ledge on which one could prop oneself during long services. Those in Exeter are among the earliest in England.

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