The Dean and Chapter of Exeter in 1394–5 built a house on this site in which John Shillingford, a notable mayor, resided from 1423 to 1458. From 1543 to 1554 John Bodley, merchant, lived there and it is accepted that it was the birthplace of his son, Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, who was born in Exeter on 2nd March 1544.

The plaque was vandalised in 2017 and Exeter Civic Society plan to rpelace it with an updated plaque (which will be a new record on Open Plaques)

Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
Nick Harrison on Flickr
Photo of John Shillingford, Dean and Chapter of Exeter, John Bodley, and Thomas Bodley blue plaque
John Levin on Flickr

Plaque is now missing

Corner of Gandy Street and High Street, Exeter
Google Streetview

by Exeter Civic Society

Colour: blue

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