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Greenslade's GarageGreenslade Garage in Paris Street. They were Exeter's premier coaching company. See Greenslades Coaches.

Tillet blockA tillet block was used to print the merchants emblem on the protective covering of a length of serge for export. See Woollen trade.

One hundred years ago – November 1918
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The supply of flags in the country is naturally a limited one, as manufacturers have for some time past been unable obtain either material or labour for making them. The approach of the time when the public may be expected to desire to fly the colours of the various Allied countries, therefore, finds us with a shortage, and it is alleged that there something like a corner in the articles. In some of the liberated French and Belgian towns our soldiers on entering found the inhabitants with a profusion of Entente fags, and, surmising that these could not have been laid in anticipation before the German occupation, made inquiries and learned that just before the enemy's evacuation German agents had gone round selling these flags to the natives! Perhaps at this moment factories in the Fatherland are busy making British, French, and Belgian flags, which they hope to sell to us to celebrate Germany's defeat. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 09 November 1918
The Enthusiasm of a Great Crowd

Ten minutes later, and a, hurried, message came to hand from the Exeter Post Office. The news at last! Official this time, without a doubt—without a shadow a doubt! The fateful, epoch-making document signed at 5 a.m., and fighting to stop at 11 a.m.—fighting to stop after these four years of agony!
At twelve to eleven the announcement was posted in the "Western Times" window, and at once began this remarkable transformation of which we have spoken. A cheer! Another and another. Thank God! Hurrah! Hurrah! A running and a clattering of feet. The news being shouted, up and down the City; and then people hurrying from everywhere. They came in hundreds. Boys and children scampered waving flags and shouting; clerks left-their stools and hurried out hatless; young lady shop assistants, hatless, too, came pell-mell scurrying to the scene; the swelling crowd pressed to with in view of the posted announcement, and soon the street was a swaying mass of jubilant, cheering, hat-and-flag waving rejoicers. Western Times - Tuesday 12 November 1918
Thanks were given to Mr. Kelland, J.P., by the Exeter Guardians yesterday for supplying fireworks for the inmates of the Poor-law Institution on Monday evening.
Western Times - Wednesday 13 November 1918

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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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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.

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