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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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EMThe Ellis Cars driving school cars and their instructors line up in Queen Street in the 1960s. The man on the right is Rufus Davies, the owner of Ellis Cars. Photo Aubone Braddon.EMJack Hatherley on his milk delivery bike. He was based in Beacon Avenue, in the 1930s. Photo Daryl Hatherley.

One hundred years ago this AUGUST
This Month in Exeter - 1915 also see 1913 and 1914
Accident to an Exeter Wagoner
A serious accident befell a wagoner, named James Bishop, in the employ of Mr. W. R. Mallett, miller, of Exwick Mills, Exeter, last evening. The man. who is about 60 years of age, and lives at St. Andrews-road Exwick, was returning from a journey with three horses and a wagon, when, owing to one of the animals stumbling, the driver was thrown off the wagon and sustained severe injuries, including a fracture of the left leg, a bad cut on the head, and abrasions of the hands. He was conveyed by Mr. Trimble in a motor-car to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where, after receiving attention, he was detained.
Western Times - Thursday 05 August 1915

Three City Coroner (Mr W Linford Brown) held an inquest at the Police Station, Exeter, last evening, relative to the death of Edward Frederick Fowler, a labourer, in the employ of the council, through being knocked down by a steam-roller on Thursday.
Mr A. E. Avery, fitter, of 12, Cowick Road, identified the body is that of his father-in-law. He had never known deceased to faint or have fits. He was employed by the council as a general labourer.
The wife of the deceased said a husband was 55 years old. His health was very good, have you had no doctor for 20 years. He went to his work about six. 10 on Thursday morning and was all right then.
Arthur Downey, of the V.A.O., 29, West-street, said he was outside his door at 8.15 on that morning in question, and he saw the roller go by, and deceased on the right side of it by the front wheel. The engine was going very slowly, with a lorry attached. Deceased passed, just after someone called out, and he saw deceased on the ground, the engine having pulled up. Deceased was about six feet in front of the engine when witness first saw him. He saw no horse passing at the time...…continued here
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 14 August 1915
Drunk and disorderly
Driver E. Nicholls, of the R.F.A., and Driver F T. Harman, of the R.F.A., were charged with being drunk and disorderly in Sidwell-street on Friday. They admitted being drunk, but denied the disorder—P.C. Heale described their language as very bad. They had previously been cautioned by a constable in the High-street.—Defendants were each fined 5s.
Western Times - Monday 16 August 1915
Factory To Be Started in Exeter Without Delay
Since the meeting held in the Guildlhall on the 29th of June, which was addressed by Mr. P. K. Stottert, the Chairman of the West of England Munition Committee, careful consideration has been given to the best method to be adopted by the City of Exeter for the output of munitions war. A hope was entertained that the Ministry of Munitions might possibly see its way to establish a national factory the city, but this was found to be impracticable for reasons which seemed good for the Government. It was then suggested by the Ministry of Munitions that two courses were open to those interested this all important work for Exeter, the one was that the owners of machine tools should send these to one of the existing national factories, and the other was that sufficient capital should be subscribed locally wherewith to start a munition factory in the form of a small Limited Liability Company under the management of well-known business men...continued here

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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 the Brazil national side, losing 2-0, when they toured South America.

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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

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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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