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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.
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.
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.
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.