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'the said Erle of Devon departed out from the City with his people into ye feld by Clist and there bykered and faughte with ye Lord Bonevyle and his people and put them to flight' Exeter Mayor's roll
The Battle of Clyst, 1455 - painting by Graham Turner The Battle of Clyst - original painting Ref: GT-CLY
15 December 1455

As he crosses the bridge over the river Clyst, word reaches Lord Bonville that the earl of Devon has left Exeter and is marching towards him.

Original gouache painting by Graham Turner - image size 9.3"x 15.3" (24cm x 39cm) Note: When framed with a mount, the overall picture size will be larger. Painting is priced unframed.

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Detail of the startled duck from Graham Turner's painting of the Battle of Clyst.detail
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Top left - Powderham Castle, to the south of Exeter, was battered by the earl of Devon's artillery as he laid siege to his estranged cousin Sir Philip Courtenay. Powderham was also subject to attack in the 17th century during the English Civil War, and the current appearance of the castle is mostly due to the rebuilding carried out in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Bottom left - The remains of the medieval bridge out of Exeter to the south are now marooned on an island surrounded by the modern city's busy main roads. In late 1455 Exeter was occupied by the Earl of Devon's forces, and from here they carried out raids across the area.

Right - Now overshadowed by the modern road network to the east of Exeter, the medieval bridge over the river Clyst has witnessed two battles in its long history: on 15 December 1455 between the forces of the earl of Devon and Lord Bonville as they squabbled over power in the region, and a century later in 1549 during the Prayer Book Rebellion.

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