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23rd January 2012

Channel 4 comes to Exeter

Exeter College Chapel was featured in Channel 4’s Restoration Man last week as presenter George Clarke explored the architecture of gothic revival churches.

In the programme Mr Clarke enthuses about George Gilbert Scott’s design, saying that it helped to assert the Anglican Church’s authority at a time when it was under threat from other churches such as Methodism and Catholicism.

Mr Clarke was shown around the Chapel by Oxford University’s Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, an expert on ecclesiastical architecture. Professor MacCulloch praised the Chapel for its “magnificent Victorian self-confidence” and said that the Chapel was “the Church of England at its most triumphal”.

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