North Cloisters entrance

These images are of the front of St Luke's; the North-side Heavitree Road entrance. Here you can see North Cloisters with the crest of St Peter above the archway.

St Luke's Heavitree Road entrance archway into North CloistersSt Luke's Heavitree Road entrance crest of St Peter above the North Cloisters archway

The crest is of St Peter rather than St Luke because Exeter Cathedral is dedicated to St Peter, and the Cathedral was instrumental in the establishment of the Exeter Diocesan Training College, as St Luke's was known in its previous location of Cathedral Close in 1840. The crest is therefore a symbol of the links between the two establishments, which still continue - albeit in a different form - today.

An echo of this history can be found in the name of the student bar on campus - X Keys ('Cross Keys') - and an image of crossed keys can also be seen on the Chapel doors and on the wall of the gym.

St Luke's Heavitree Road entrance North Cloisters, camera facing South West. Porter's Lodge exterior.

On the ground floor, the left side of the archway contains administrative offices, and the right side houses the Porter's Lodge. Some of the upstairs rooms are used as small studies for academics from the Graduate School of Education. On the left of North Cloisters you can see St Luke's Chapel which adjoins the main building.

St Luke's Heavitree Road entrance bomb damage from WWII, showing North Cloisters and the St Luke's Chapel without their roofs.St Luke's Heavitree Road entrance pre WWII, showing North Cloisters and St Luke's Chapel

St Luke's received at least one direct hit from bombing raids during World War II, and as such had to be partially rebuilt during the 1950s. This explains why some of the features are a little alterered from pre-war sketches and photographs of the buildings.