Water in the City

The Aqueducts and Underground Passages of Exeter

Mark Stoyle

Water in the City
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Mark Stoyle

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320 pages | 90 color plates, 11 halftones, 10 maps | 8 x 10 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9780859898775 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America only
The city of Exeter was one of the great provincial capitals of late medieval and early modern England and possessed a range of civic amenities fully commensurate with its size and importance. Among the most impressive of these was its highly sophisticated water supply system. Beautifully illustrated, Water in the City reveals the story of that system’s rise, zenith, and eventual decline. Mark Stoyle shows how and why the passages and aqueducts were originally built, considers the technologies that were used in their construction, explains how they were funded and maintained, and reveals, among other fun facts, the various ways water fountains were used and abused by the townsmen and women.
Glossary of archaic words and phrases used in the text and documents
1. Introduction
Part I: The History of Exeter’s Underground Passages and Aqueduct Systems
2. The Aqueducts of Medieval Exeter, 1180-1420
3. The Development of the New Conduit, 1420-1536
4. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries
5. The City Aqueducts under the Early Stuarts
6. After the Restorations
Part II: The Life of the City Aqueducts
7. The Role of the Aqueducts in Exeter’s Daily Life, 1500-1700
Part III: Documents relating to the City Aqueducts, 1420-1603
The Exeter Receivers and their Accounts
1. Extracts from the City Receivers’ Accounts, 1420-1603
2. ‘Outgoings for making of Exeter’s New Conduit’, 1441
3. Account of Work on the Great Conduit, 1534-5
Index of Persons
Index of Places and Subjects
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