1160- Earliest reference to a ‘Guithalla’ on the site.

1330- John Hooker- Chamberlain of the city records first mention of the ‘Guildhall’ in its current position.

1484- Rebuilding work is completed giving the Guildhall the same look as it has today.

1594- Work on the front and portico is completed. The appearance of the build has remained the same.

The Guildhall has been at the heart of Exeter city High Street for more than 800 years and is said to be the oldest in the country. It is a medieval hall which is still in use today for civic functions, city council meetings and private events. 

Tourists often walk past the guildhall not realising the history and prestige the building holds. Within the guildhall there are prison cells, civic regalia and city silver on display. It has been a grade 1 listed building since 1953.



The front of the guildhall was bricked up during the second world war to protect the building from the blitz.


Stocks used to be placed in the central arch for public punishments of drunkenness and minor offences.

The photos below were taken by group members during an exclusive tour and talk about the Guildhall and its long history in the city. Our thanks must go to the city council and Mace Sergeant for their support.

CEDA Heritage- Guildhall Quiz Sheet.pdf CEDA Heritage- Guildhall Quiz Sheet.pdf
Size : 82.296 Kb
Type : pdf