Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Hole in the Wall, Exeter, Devon

First off, I must apologise for some of my photos. I had a 'bad hair' day with my camera, which has all sorts of problems. I've only been using this new Minolta XE-1 for a few weeks, after my old Minolta SRT 101 seized up, and a vague dissatisfaction with it has now turned into quiet desperation! Fortunately I found an SRT 101b on e-bay and am eagerly awaiting it's arrival, when I will take some more pics, replace the naff ones and add more to the page. 

EDIT: I've now received my new camera and will be going into Exeter with it as soon as I can. :)

Anyway, on with the history & info...

...which isn't much at all, apart from the fact that it's a pub! ;)

However, what I really found interesting is that the building might have been something along the lines of a mill or warehouse at one time. There are various blocked-up windows with shutters along the building, some which look more like loading bays and are quite high up, indicating the possible use of a winch to load produce in and out of the building. One is the lovely blue-painted one above (my favourite photo of the day). Below shows a large entrance situated in the lower side wall.

Having said that, the building may well have started out as an Inn, due to the same factors. The bricked up entry (below) can be seen in the upper side wall. Situated on Little Castle Street, the original route to the castle gate, it's difficult to see how carts managed to travel up and down...let alone turn around! It's a very narrow cobblestone street with a drainage ditch running along the centre.

Another street running parallel, called Castle Street, was built to replace Little Castle Street in 1772, as an easier, wider route to the castle entrance. Interestingly, the Mediaeval buildings inside the castle walls were demolished in 1773 and the palladian style County Assizes was built in their place. Therefore, the new road may well have been established in order for large carts of stone and other materials to be taken up to the gate entrance. The buildings between the two streets are dated from the 18th century.

The photos above and below were taken at the rear of the building. Now fenced off, the area behind belongs to Bradninch Hall, which was built in the late 18th / early 19th century. I haven't been able to ascertain it's original function or owner as yet, but it may well have been part of the modernisation of the area pertaining to the new assizes. However, if that area was originally a yard belonging to the Hole in the Wall, then that could explain how carts were turned around.

And below, a view of the street looking up towards the castle gate. The Hole in the Wall is on the right of course, and the buildings to the left are the 18th century 'new builds' between Castle Street and Little Castle Street, many of which are faced with delightful slate and wooden tile hangings.

I'll be adding more pics after a future foray with my new camera. Meanwhile, these and a few more can be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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