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Exeter Roman baths project rejected for Lottery funding

Plans to uncover extensive remains of a first century Roman bath house in Exeter have stalled after the venture failed to attract funding.

Exeter Cathedral applied for Heritage Lottery funding to reveal the remains under Cathedral Green, which are believed to be the second most important building of their time in the country.

However the charity, which distributes National Lottery money, says more work must first be done to safeguard the future of the Cathedral itself.

Some of the greatest Roman remains in the West Country lie buried beneath Exeter Cathedral Green Credit: PA

We are very naturally very disappointed that our innovative proposal to uncover Exeter's most significant hidden treasure, the extensive remains of a first century Roman Bath house under Cathedral Green, has not been successful in attracting Heritage Lottery funding.

We had worked closely with English Heritage and other key bodies right up to the moment we submitted our bid, and had hoped that the project's vision - one shared by the people of Exeter and its civic and parliamentary leaders - would also inspire the HLF.

– The Very Revd Jonathan Draper, Dean and Chapter of Exeter Cathedral

The Cathedral unveiled details of its Foundations Project in February.

It submitted plans to excavate the remains of the Roman Bath House and hoped to build an underground visitor centre there. It is estimated that the attraction would bring an extra 100,000 visitors to the city each year.

HLF takes its role of investing National Lottery players' money extremely seriously and we only support projects that we are confident can deliver long-term benefits. In this case, we were concerned about the impact the development would have on the Cathedral itself. There was also a considerable partnership funding shortfall.

– Carole Souter, Chief Executive of HLF

Plans for Exeter's Roman remains to be revealed

Some of the greatest Roman remains in the West Country lie buried beneath Exeter Cathedral green Credit: PA

Exeter Cathedral will unveil details of its Foundations Project later today.

It has submitted plans to excavate the remains of a Roman Bath House which lie beneath Cathedral Green and hopes to build an underground visitor centre there.

It is estimated that the attraction would bring an extra 100,000 visitors to the city each year.

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Bid to unearth Exeter's Roman Baths

Baths are buried under tonnes of earth Credit: Exeter Cathedral

Exeter's Roman Baths are believed to be the second most important building of their time in the country, except of course, you can't see them.

They are buried under tonnes of earth in front of the Cathedral. But now a bid for more than £8 million from the National Lottery has been submitted - to create a new visitor centre on the site. It could bring an extra one hundred thousand visitors a year to the city.

The Very Rev Jonathan Draper Dean says it seems a pity to have the site there unseen.

Service for bereaved parents at Exeter Cathedral

A service for parents who've lost children through stillbirth or miscarriage is taking place at Exeter Cathedral this weekend.

It's being held by the Mariposa Trust, a charity set up by a Westcountry-based couple Zoe and Andrew Clark-Coates - to support bereaved parents. It was set up two years ago and is having its first service in New York later this year.

Service for bereaved parents will be held at Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral Credit: David Davies/PA

The Mariposa Trust, a charity set up to help parents who have lost children in childbirth or through miscarriage, will hold a memorial service at Exeter Cathedral tomorrow.

The founders of the charity, Zoe and Andrew Clark-Coates, have lost five children.

New Bishop of Exeter close to finishing Devon tour

New Bishop of Exeter close to finishing Devon tour Credit: ITV News West Country

The new Bishop of Exeter is nearing the end of his introductory tour of his Devon.

He wanted to see as much of his diocese as he could before his official installation in Exeter Cathedral on Saturday.

He walked the coast path from Branscombe to Beer, where he met staff and children at the village primary school.

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Exeter circus show director tells us what to expect

An eight day festival in Exeter will be ending today with a huge circus display on the Cathedral Green. A flash mob choir and a disabled dancer who was involved in the Paralympics ceremony are all taking part in the event this afternoon.

Circus and dance workshops will be taking place across the city as part of the festival hoping to encourage people to think of Exeter as a cultural hub for the South West. Co-artistic director or circus show Extraordinary Bodies Claire Hodgson tells us what to expect this afternoon.

Duchess of Cornwall opens flower festival in Exeter

The Duchess of Cornwall at Exeter Cathedral Credit: ITV News

The Duchess of Cornwall is at Exeter's historic cathedral this morning

She is there to give the royal seal of approval to the Majesty flower festival, which uses more than 22,000 sumptuous blooms.

The Duchess of Cornwall meets schoolchildren during a visit to Exeter Cathedral Credit: ITV News

The festival has meant a complete transformation of the stunning cathedral.