Historic hotel destroyed by fire

The historic Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter has been gutted by a fire that burned for more than 50 hours. The building is thought to be the first hotel in England, but now only a crumbling facade remains - and even that has now been demolished.

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Exeter's Christmas Market to go ahead after huge fire

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It's been confirmed that Exeter's traditional Christmas market will take place around Cathedral Green following the fire that destroyed the Royal Clarence Hotel.

Included in this year’s event will be a special chalet for the use of independent traders in the cathedral area who have been closed since the fire took place.

19 Nov
market opens for business
18 Dec
end of the market

Given the extent of the damage caused by the fire, which started in the Cathedral Yard area of the city, the layout of the market has had to be reconsidered.

We are keen to offer a Market that will lift the spirits of city residents who have been saddened and affected by the dreadful fire.

It is our ambition to deliver a market that supports the city this Christmas and we are currently considering how we can play our part in the recovery of independent businesses in the Cathedral area.

– Nick Rhodes Chief Executive of Market Place

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