New Pages

Memories of doctors, hospitals & dentists
Local rock and pop of the 60s
The Mayor's Office
Exeter Prison (Devon County Gaol)
The Kings (Cowick Street)
Exwick School
Then and Now Mashups
Walton and Co., High Street
Paul Street Bus Station
Paris Street Bus Station
Latest 22nd September 2014

Updated Pages

St Thomas photos
Salutation Inn
Trams and buses
The Hour Glass
The Imperial Hotel
Eagle Tavern
This Month in Exeter - 1914
The Angel - Queen Street
Bowling Green - Blackboy Road
Guildhall - new text and photos
Harlequins Centre
Exeter Folk
City Palace, Fore Street
Transport named Exeter
ABC pop & rock gigs of the 60s
Dissenters Burial Ground
Most recent 15th September 2014

Quick Links

Film logoHistoric film, video and sound

Portrait of Exeter citizen

William Cecil was Bishop of Exeter between 1916 and 1936. He was often seen cycling the streets, easily recognisable with his beard.Portrait of Exeter citizen The statue of Henry VII that once hung on the wall of Eastgate House, now Next.


Logo ForumForum and contact EMail

Choose an iPad book, Maps, eBooks or Postcard Collections to pay for the site Buynow

Exeter Emblem

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.

Exeter Local History Society

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

ELHS contact

Contact E-Mail
Links to other sites
List of Sources Used
Site Map
Photos Wanted

Featured Photos

EMExeter's first motorised fire engine was introduced in 1914. The engine, was built by Messrs. Merryweather, of London, and christened 'Exonia' at the Rougemont Hotel, by the Mayoress Mrs Kendal-King.EMTony Hancock at the ABC Cinema. The manager Robert 'Bob" Parker is to the rear. Photo Frank Mallett.

This Month in Exeter - 1914 also see 1913

A correspondent writes:—"During my canvass for the Patriotic Fund I called on an old-age pensioner—a widow. She said, in good old Devonshire: 'My dear sawl, hav'nt a got awnly twopence to bless myself way, but if you will playse to take it I shall be very glad gto ive it." In direct contrast to this old lady's splendid self-denial there are many well-to-do young men who refused to assist the fund or give any of their leisure time to fit themselves to defend their country. For such as these conscription should surely be enforced."
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 4 September 1914
The Boys of the Gazette

The party of "boys of the 'Gazette'" who have volunteered for active service left Exeter yesterday morning. I am proud of those who answered the call to wear the King's uniform, for they are well-built, smart set fellows—in fact, the whole of the squad which left the city yesterday morning comprised as well a set-up lot of young men as one could in a day's .march. Notwithstanding the fact that they were raw recruits, they swung down High street in a quite businesslike way. As was only to be expected, those members the “Gazette” staff on-duty gave them a hearty "God-speed” as they passed the office…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 5 September 1914
Good Word for Devon Beer
According to Pte. Charles Taylor, belonging the Devon Regt stationed at Streatham Hall, Exeter, the local beer is much stronger than that to be obtained in the Rhondda Valley. At least, this is what he told the Exeter Magistrates yesterday, when he was charged with being drunk and incapable on Saturday night. A constable said he found defendant lying in the entrance the Higher Market in a helpless condition. He had to be taken to the station in the ambulance.— Defendant, when asked what had brought about his condition, said that he met some friends, and "the beer being stronger here by a long way." it had taken a disastrous effect him—The Chairman advised defendant to "keep it moderate." and dismissed the case, defendant expressing his thanks.
Western Times -15 September 1914

Two ambulance trains, passed through Exeter, yesterday, one proceeding to Paignton the other Devonport. The first is said have contained wounded English soldiers, including men of the 1st Devons who it is stated have been in the thick the fighting. The Railway Authorities maintained, as usual, the utmost reticence, and there an entire lack of official confirmation There is, however, among the latest casualty list, the name of one Devons' officers —Captain H. G. Ellott. The number wounded in the train was about hundred and included men of other regiments.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - 28 September 1914

The Exeter 'Comment' from Exeter Memories

This site is run by a resident of who loves the city

Exeter City go to Argentina

It was a hundred years ago that Exeter City went to Argentina to teach the locals something about football. On the 22 May 1914, the team, along with team officials and WAGS (yep, that's right or maybe they were wives of officials, and they sure wore bonny hats!) left Exeter Queen Street station for Southampton, for a boat to Argentina.See photo on this page May 1914. In July 1914 they had the honour of playing a 3-3 draw with the Brazil national side, when they toured South America.

Exeter Memories on Facebook and Twitter

Exeter Memories has a Page and a Group on Facebook. The group is for people to swap memories of living in the city – at the moment, the 1960s and 70s are very popular. You can also follow #ExeterMemories on Twitter, where the latest pages are promoted and events that happened on the day are linked.

Historic Buildings of Exeter - iBook for your iPad

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

Downloads to Support Exeter Memories

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.

That's all for now,

David Cornforth - My Contact E-Mail