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Lecture highlights historic area around St Nicholas Priory in Exeter city

Published: 20 February 2023

St Nicholas Priory

An historic part of Exeter city centre will come under the spotlight during a lecture by a local historian at St Nicholas Priory.

Dr Clare Maudling will deliver the lecture The Forgotten Quarter: The Mint Lane Area Between the Wars, on 14 March, at 7pm.

The lecture, a volunteer fundraiser, will be held at St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, off Fore Street, in the North Wing Meeting Room. It will also be available to watch via Zoom.

The presentation covers the north-west quarter of Exeter in the 1920s and 1930s - the area around the tenements which St Nicholas Priory had become.

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1087, St Nicholas Priory was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years and is the oldest building in Exeter.

In 1536, like other monasteries, it was closed and the remains became the home of wealthy Tudor merchants.

St Nicholas Priory is in Mint Lane, with walking access from Fore Street or Bartholomew Street West.

Tickets for the in-person lecture, including refreshments, are priced £10. Tickets via Zoom are £8.

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To reserve a place and pay on the door, or to join via Zoom, email

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