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EMThe Globe Hotel in Cathedral Yard was lost in the blitz. St Petrocs Church is on the right.EMFarmers and livestock dealers at the Bonhay Road Cattle Market in 1925.

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Lady motorcyclists
This weeks “Motor Cycling" contains an interesting picture of Baroness de T Sereclaes and Miss Chisholm, mounted on their Douglas motor-cycles. These ladies, who are well known in Exeter, are stationed at the Belgians’ first line Red Cross Depot.
Western Times - Wednesday 04 October 1916
A Startling Phenomenon at Exeter on Tuesday Night
Considerable excitement was caused at the St. Sidwell and Newtown districts of Exeter on Tuesday about 8 p.m. by the appearance in the sky of a large bright ball of light, which suddenly hurst in the heavens, throwing out a shower of "sparks." It was very dark at the time, but for a moment the London Inn Square, Paris and other streets in the locality were illuminated as if the electric lamps had been suddenly turned on. People rushed from their houses to ascertain the cause of this unusual visitation, and those who were out at the time were brought up suddenly and startlingly by the strange experience. What was it ?
The bursting light was also seen from Exe Bridge, and occasioned some little alarm among the women-folk who saw it.
Western Times - Friday 06 October 1916
Unobscured Lights at Heavitree
Mrs. Flora Worth, who resides with her daughter at 4, Cavendish-road, Heavitree, was doing some washing in the kitchen at 8.20 on Wednesday night, and failed to darken the window. P.S. Snell told the Exeter Magistrates yesterday that he took action in the matter in consequence of complaints received, added that a bright light was showing and reflected on the houses in Mont-le-Grand.—Defendant said the light could not be showing for any great distance for there was a high wall at the bottom of the garden. The house was occupied by her daughter, whose husband was serving in the army, but it was her (defendant's) fault that the window was uncovered. —The Bench imposed a fine of 5s.
Western Times - Tuesday 24 October 1916
Soldiers entertained
About 400 wounded soldiers attended a special matinee performance at the Exeter Hippodrome on Saturday afternoon by invitation of the management. The guests also included the pupils of the Blind Institution, inmates of the City and St. Thomas Workhouses, and boys from the Reformatories. The whole of the artistes, as usual, generously gave their services, and the band of the Exeter Battalion Devon Volunteer Regiment rendered some popular marches at the commencement. Cigarettes chocolates, tea, and tobacco were provided by the patrons of the Hippodrome, who had generously subscribed during the week. Judging by the applause, all the guests must have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 30 October 1916

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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.

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.

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