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Marrianne Faithful photographed in her dressing room at the ABC, Exeter, probably in February 1965 when she appeared with Roy Orbison and the Rockin' Berries.Portrait of Exeter citizen The comedian Tony Hancock frequently performed in Exeter, both at the Theatre Royal and the Savoy/ABC. Here he poses for a photo with the manager of the ABC, Robert 'Bob' Parker, and a young woman. Circa 1962. Photo © the late Frank Mallett.


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EMOn Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, a wooden copy of the old Eastgate was constructed across the High Street, where the modern Boots is located. This view is looking towards Sidwell Street. See Eastgate.EMThe river has always been a popular place for boating. During the 19th and early 20th Centuries, boats could be hired by the hour. These boats were located just below Exe Bridge; The warehouse to the rear are on Shilhay, while the Malthouse on Haven Banks can be see on the opposite side of the river.

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Devonians will welcome the announcement that Mr. Hilaire Belloc whose reputation as an authority on the progress and strategy of the war is well known, is to lecture on the subject at the Victoria Hall, Exeter, Friday after noon next. Messrs Paish and Co. are making the arrangements for the occasion, and tickets may be obtained from them at 3, Bedford-street, Exeter. Reduced prices are offered for parties H M. troops, schools, etc., on application. Mr. Belloc’s lecture on this occasion will be on "The Progress of the War and the Present Position.”
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 05 May 1915
Notes of the Day.
The Exeter Magistrates on Saturday, when they dismissed summons against a local blacksmith for furiously riding a motor cycle in Sidwell-street, no doubt sympathised with the unfortunate man in the serious injuries sustained. The defendant was very lucky in not being killed. While proceeding up Paris-street he completely lost control of his six-horse power cycle, owing to a portion of the machinery becoming clogged. He proceeded into Sidwell-street at very furious rate. So fast was he going that a constable on duty shouted to people near at hand to get out of the way. The machine dashed against a grocer's shop on the opposite side of the road and the rider was thrown completely through the plate-glass window among the provisions. The man was severely cut about the head and body, and had to be conveyed to the hospital. At the Police-court he was hardly able to walk into the dock owing to lameness. He also had his left arm in a sling, while the expression on the face was evidence that he was still suffering great pain. Prosecuting a man after such an unenviable experience; certainly seems something like applying salt to his wounds.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 17 May 1915
The funeral took place at Exwick Cemetery yesterday of Private Arthur Tarr, of the 2nd Devons, who died at Netley Hospital last Thursday, as a result of a shrapnel wound in the head. Deceased's parents reside at 55, Oxford-street, St. Thomas, and Pte. Tarr was well-known and respected in that district. He joined the 2nd Devons about seven years ago, and was with his Battalion in Egypt when war broke out. His fatal wound was received during recent heavy fighting in Flanders. Deceased was with a party of nine other Devons when a shell fell in their midst, and killed eight on the spot. He was unharmed, and was attempting to move away when a piece of shrapnel hit him the head. He survived the passage across to England, but succumbed during last Thursday night at Netley, the body being conveyed to Exeter Saturday. It was met at the railway station by the V.A.D. motor ambulance, and taken in that to the parents' home. Mr. and Mrs. Tarr, it may be mentioned, have two other sons and two sons-in-law in the Army, and one of the latter is now a convalescent in Newcastle hospital.
Western Times - Wednesday 19 May 1915

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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)

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.

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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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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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