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Eveleighs Garage was on the corner of Sidwell Street and York Road. It was originally the site of the Ackland Arms which was lost in the war.St Johns, Fore StreetSt John's Church in Fore Street. The clock, was known as the 'Moon of Fore Street'.

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Partial Collapse of a House at Exeter
A portion of Orielton, Topsham-road, the residence Dr. P. H. Stirk, medical officer of health for Exeter, collapsed yesterday. The house situate at the end of a terrace known as Summerlands, and a large quantity of the end wall suddenly fell away, exposing bedroom and downstair apartment. What caused the collapse is uncertain, but it is conjectured that the wall, which was cob, and about two feet thick, had become damp and loose, and so slipped...
Western Times - Friday 02 July 1920
Gipsy's Funeral at Exeter
There was a large attendance at the funeral at Exeter, yesterday, of Tranet Penfold, a gipsy, who died at the Royal Devon end Exeter Hospital on Monday afternoon The scene at the graveside was very impressive, gipsies attending in large numbers from a wide area.
Western Times - Saturday 10 July 1920
Overhead Tram Wire Down at Exeter
Exeter trams were delayed for some time last night owing to an overhead wire snapping and falling in High-street, just below the entrance to Queen-street. The electricians were telephoned for, and the wire was restored to its position. General traffic was greatly impeded, but fortunately was not great at the hour—9 o'clock—when the wire fell.
Western Times - Thursday 15 July 1920
An 18ft. Flame at Exeter
The Exeter City Fire Brigade received a call to a fire opposite the Shakespeare Inn, Bonhay-road. Exeter, about 4.20 p.m. yeterday. The road near the spot is under repair, and a gas main, which was being taken out by the Gas Company's workmen, became exposed. There was a slight leakage, and a spark from one of the workmen's picks ignited the escaping gas. A flame of about 18 to 20 feet sprung up, and some glass in the Shakespeare was broken. By the aid the water from the Cattle Market standpipe the flame was extinguished. Very little damage was done.
Western Times - Saturday 17 July 1920


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Exeter Dissenters Graveyard

Exeter PubsThis Booklet, published in June 2018, by the Exeter Dissenters Graveyard Trust contains a brief history of dissent in Exeter, information about some of the people buried in the graveyard and their families. Also covered is the graveyard’s physical aspects and the restorative work undertaken by the trustees and many volunteers.  There are numerous coloured photos and a loose plan of the graveyard showing the first named person on each memorial where this has been possible. Available from www.edgt.org.uk

Exeter Pubs by David Cornforth

Exeter PubsOver the past few centuries, nearly 500 pubs have opened their doors in Exeter. While many have been lost due to time, money or misfortune, the stories and memories created in these 'locals' live on. Exeter Pubs offers a captivating glimpse into the history of some of Exeter's most famous pubs. Drawing upon an eclectic collection of photographs, David Cornforth presents the reader with an insight into the history and life of the pubs in this area. From pub dogs to landlords, famous visitors to suspicious fires, this book tells the stories of Exeter's numerous watering holes. Just like countless travellers over the centuries, the modern reader is encouraged to stop for a pint in each and continue the stories of these historic establishments. Well-researched and beautifully illustrated, Exeter Pubs provides something for everyone, whether they have lived in Exeter all their lives, or whether they are just visiting this vibrant town. Available from Amazon Exeter Pubs (Amberley Pub)

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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

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