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St. Mary Steps Church (Exeter)

St. Mary Steps is one of several old churches in the ancient cathedral city of Exeter.

It is situated beside Stepcote Hill, a steep cobbled mediaeval street, with a number of picturesque houses nearby.

The church originally adjoined the city's West Gate. Like many other churches in the area, it is built of red sandstone. It was founded in the 12th century, and extensively rebuilt in the 15th century.

There is a fine 17th century clock on the wall of the tower, known locally as the Matthew the MIller clock. It includes two quarter jacks, and a figure in the centre which strikes the hours. This figure represents Matthew the Miller, although some say that it is Henry VIII.

The carved rood screen has painted panels, which came from nearby St. Mary Major Church when it was demolished. The font is Norman.

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