St. Peter's Cathedral, standing for almost 900 years can be seen clearly from most approaches to the City of Exeter. The North Tower of St. Paul and the South Tower of St. John, being most visible. Exeter Cathedral started to be built in the year 1110, by a nephew of William the Conqueror, named William Warelwast, who was Bishop of Exeter from 1107 to 1137. The building was greatly hindered by a fire caused by King Stephen's Siege of the City in 1136 . The site had previously be occupied by a Monastery Church. At around this time, Exeter was the tenth biggest town in England. It had a population of about 2,500 people, living in 460 houses and around 30 different churches, all but 4 of these churches were inside the walled area.
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