Exeter, High Street

This is a more over-square street than the last and is also somewhat narrower. In fact, it borders on falling outside the classification "wide," although the name implies that it was the widest street in town at the time it was laid out.

This street has an old feel to it. That arises from the apparent variety of styles and heights, coupled with the presence of one building with an overhanging arcade. I suspect that this street assumed its current form over a span of several centuries. I find that I have a consistent bias in favor of streets that were developed over a long period of time. I believe that is because every new street will have errors in its design. With luck, the errors are fixed over time, while the successes are jealously guarded.

The carters must have had an awful time with the tram rails catching a wheel.

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