(From Western Morning News)
Byline: RICHARD BIRCH
Below the feet of the shoppers marching hither and thither in Exeter's Princesshay lies a vast network of well-preserved underground passages, despite some sections being more than 700 years old.
In the 1100s, Exeter was thriving. Having surrendered to Norman control, our Anglo-French ancestors had busily turned the city into an ecclesiastical centre, funding the construction of Exeter Cathedral. And while the general populus had to be content with digging pits, buildings wells, and the River Exe for their water, the clergy had a grand plan to make the city stand out - and to cock a snook to the Bishop of Winchester, who already had his own private water supply.
As Nina Corey, a tour guide at the passages, explains: "The earliest piped supplies belonged to the great institutions, …