St Martin's Island, by Todd Gray and Sue Jackson

St Martin's Island, by Todd Gray and Sue Jackson
Subtitled 'An Introductory history of forty-two Exeter buildings'

Published by the Mint Press in 2017, 192 pages. Paperback, c.21cm by 27cm (N7279)
Brand New Book

The fire of 28 October 2016 was the single most destructive incident in the centre of Exeter since the Blitz seventy-five years ago. Two buildings were destroyed, another three were seriously damaged and the fire has harmed a great number of adjoining properties. Exeter's initial reaction was shock and a sense of loss. Almost immediately it was followed by an awareness of the fragility of these ancient structures with a corresponding greater interest in, and appreciation of, the city's historic buildings. This detailed study has tried to show how the buildings in St Martin's Island developed. It includes many images people will not have seen before and the tremendous research has revealed some amazing features readers will find fascinating and of great interest...

From the rear side cover: Exeter's Cathedral Yard fire was the single most destructive event in the city centre since the Blitz of 1942. Two historic buildings were completely destroyed, anotherfour had significant damage and many others were considerably affected. This book offers an introduction to the history of these and to a collection of other buildings which are all located in a block of buildings which nearly forms the entirety of St Martin's parish. Some two thousand years of history can be seen through these 42 structures. Drawings, paintings, photographs, plans and maps help to unravel the history of a fascinating group of buildings.