Gary Kane and the Tornadoes (song)
Devon Air Day Haldon Aerodrome film
Chrislea & Harper Aircraft Company
Growing up by the canal 1920s
Winter on the canal 1920s
Bus crashes, damaging top - film
Bombs at the Cathedral - memory
Escaping the Blitz - memory
The Cathedral Cross is stolen - memory
Guy Fawkes Orgies - memory
The Mint Methodist Church
Latest 20th May 2013
Exeter Folk - new photos
Exeter and the First War - update
St Mary Arches' Church
HMS Exeter crew list
St Michael's, Mount Dinham
Most recent 4th May 2013
Where or who are these photos?
Princesshay Rebuilding 2004 to 2007
Exeter's Mayors - full list
Civil War in Exeter 1642 - 1646
Cemeteries & Graves of the City
Motoring 1898 to 1920
Exeter Blitz 1942
Exeter's Executed and Gallows
19th Century Exeter Crimes
Exeter and the Great War Updated
WW1 Roll of Honour New Names
John Trickey was a bootmaker who traded from what is now Tea on the Green. He lived and worked in the premises between 1866 and 1898.General Sir Redvers Buller VC in 1906. Buller was a popular man in Crediton and Exeter, and in 1905, a public subscription raised the funds for his grand statue which stands outside Exeter College.
This graphic appeared on the rear of the official Exeter City Council guidebooks for about 15 years, from the 1920s to 1942.
This site currently contains 900 pages and more than 5,000 images.
Join the Exeter Local History Society and discover 2000 years of the history of Exeter. Learn of intrigue, plots, disasters, celebrations and the way of life of past generations of the city.
We meet six times a year at the The Mint, Fore Street, for a chat, and a talk from an expert on a historical topic. There are also 'outside visits' with a guide to see aspects of the city's past.
Come along to a meeting without obligation - upcoming meetings can be found here
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AN Exeter charity is marking its 65th anniversary with a special project – and it is hoping the memories of people from the city will make it a success
Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau has been awarded a grant of £8,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to celebrate its history and reflect on its work in the city since 1947. And it is planning to use people’s memories of the service as a main feature of a publication and exhibition next year.
The project, Our City Charity – A History of Exeter’s Citizens Advice Bureau, aims to collect and record memories from local people who have been helped or who have worked as volunteers over the last 65 years.
Steve Barriball, Exeter CAB chief executive, said: “We would love to speak to people who perhaps remember their parents or grandparents being helped by Exeter CAB after the war.
“We are aiming to paint a picture of how life was in Exeter 65 years ago and look at how many of those problems still affect people in a similar way today. This is an amazing way to celebrate the history of the CAB in Exeter, but, just as importantly, mark the work that is done by our volunteers today.”
The group is planning an exhibition, publication and other events to mark the anniversary.
Early records show that the CAB was set up as part of the Exeter Council of Social Service and was based in St David’s Hill in Exeter. The chairman of CAB at that time was Mr A Kettlewell and in its first year it dealt with 1,770 enquiries, including questions like ‘how can my German fiancée get to England?’ and ‘where can I apply for a permit to build a house?’.
The charity moved to the Wynards building in Magdalen Road in 1972, along with the Samaritans and Relate, and to its present address at Wat Tyler House in King William Street in 1998.
Sue McQueenie, who is co-ordinating the project on behalf of CAB, said: “The thing which will bring this project to life is the recollections of people who have used the CAB service or volunteered for the charity over the years. I really look forward to chatting to people and hearing their memories. I would love to talk to them, even if they think they don’t have a huge amount to contribute I would encourage them to give me a call or send an email.”
Contact Sue on 07540 341650 or email email@example.com
Published on the 1 December 2012 is the Exeter Memories iBook Historic Buildings of Exeter. Liberally illustrated with full screen photographs, illustartions and maps, the interactive book covers fourteen of Exeter's most loved buildings. The photos look stunning on the Retina display of the iPad 3, while the new iPad Mini is a convenient way to view the book. If you have an iPAd and love Exeter, this is the eBook for you. Moderately priced at £2.49, the book is available from iTunes here - Historic Buildings of Exeter - David Cornforth
Exeter Memories has never had any Google ads, nor any other form of income generation. To help finance the hosting of the site I have added three downloads, that can be purchased for £2 each. Click on the PURCHASE button on any page to see the downloads. There is the choice of seven large sized, hi-res map files of the city, or two eBooks — Charles Worthy's The History of the Suburbs of Exeter and the charming James Cossins' Reminiscences of Exeter Fifty Years Since. Both books can be purchased in ePub (Sony, Nook etc) format or Kindle format Screen readers can also be downloaded for your computer - see free Adobe Reader. Please support Exeter Memories by purchasing a download.
I have added two films, from about 1925, showing Exeter and its environs. The original, was filmed on 9.5mm stock by Frank Turner, who owned four bakery shops in the city. These are not 'home movies' of the family, but are a rare glimpse of a busy city. The first film shows sequences include the High Street with trams, close to Ross and Sons, a busy Queen Street Station, around Cathedral Yard, and soldiers exercising at Topsham Barracks. The second film includes the Exeter Regatta ( and a rare moving image of Artful Thomas), the river in flood and sports day at the County Ground. One notable squence shows the many characters at a busy Cattle Market in Bonhay Road. See Exeter Part 1 and Exeter Part 2.
It was way back in February 2009 that Mike Ewing posted to the forum, requesting people who had memories of Exeter 'pop' scene in the 1960s to contact him. The thread had been the most popular on the forum with 54 subsequent posts and more than 10,000 views. Mike has now written his considerable memories of his time playing drums with the Cordettes and other Exeter bands – these memories can be found at Memories of a pop drummer. I am sure that many will be interested in reading of gigs, bands and people from their teenage years – which leads me to a request. If you were involved with an Exeter band, saw the Stones, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Who, Lead Zeppelin, Dusty Springfield or one of the many other acts to play in Exeter during the 1960s and 70s, why not get your fingers typing and produce a record of your memories for Exeter Memories. If you are a child of the 60s, Flower Power, Mersey Beat and Love Love Love (Lennon) get remembering before its too late. Let the house, garage, grunge, boy band and electro pop generations know about the trail blazers!
I have added buttons on every page for Twitter and Facebook members. You can Tweet about the page or put a comment on your Facebook wall about something you find interestin in Exeter Memories. The 'Send' button also allows you to email your friends from the page, even if you are not a member of Facebook. I have added an Exeter Memories Twitter account and a Facebook group page, so why not become a follower and find out what's new on the site.
It is also possible to comment about a page using the Comment button – if there are previous comments, just click on the button to read them. It may be a comment adding some trivia, or a personal recollection of an event or place; it is up to you. In some cases I may use the information in the page with a suitable acknowledgement in the Source line at the bottom of the article. So get Twittering, and tell your Facebook friends about Exeter Memories and add your comments to the site.
I was not able to attend Exeter's naked bike ride on Saturday - it is an event that should be remembered for future generations, so I would like to include it on the 21st Century page. For this, I require a photograph of the bikers in the High Street or some other prominant place. If you took some photographs of the event, perhaps you could send a couple by email for me to include on the page - contact me HERE.
James Bell wrote his memories of the blitz and wartime Exeter about five years ago, and they were some of the first on the site. Today I uploaded three pages of memories of James' school days, starting in the infants in 1936, and finishing at Exeter Technical School in 1946. Take a look if you went to the Episcopal Infants School, Mary Arches School, St David's School, Episcopal Boys School and Exeter Technical School. Even if you didn't attend these schools, the memories are full of James' usual humour and sharp observations.
Since I wrote the above, James has submitted more memories of wartime Exeter – his detail regarding the shelters, chicanes and roadblocks around the city, salvage and children's songs and ditties are worth a read. See Story List for links to the pages.
That's all for now,
David Cornforth - My Contact E-Mail