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What is believed to be one of the City Police Force's earliest dogs, Sandy, with his handler PC Charlie Bullen. Freddie Garrity. Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers photographed at the ABC in the early 1960s. Photo © the late Frank Mallett.


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EMThe old Georgian Exe Bridge was always an impediment to flood water and ice. This photo shows a large flow of broken ice on the downflow side. Sometime between 1880 and 1895.EMF W J Pike's fish and chip shop was on the corner of King and Smythen Street, in the 1930s. In 1914 Mr Pike was running a hairdressers from the same premises.

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This Month in Exeter - 1915 also see 1913 and 1914
Exonian Tells of Ship Sunk by Submarine
Mr.. R. Taylor, of St. Thomas, Exeter, brings to the city news of the sinking the s.s. “Anglo-Columbian." from Montreal to Avonmouth. After firing across the bows of the ship the German submarine approached within 25 yards, and gave the crew of about 140 a quarter of hour to leave the ship. At the end of that time there was still another boat be lowered, and the commander of the submarine granted another ten minutes. All the crew got clear, and then followed seven loud explosions. The crew were in the boats for about five hours before being picked up and landed.
Western Times - Friday 01 October 1915
Mr. Varwell moving the adoption of the report of the Tramways Committee, called attention to the fact that two motor men had left to take up munition work, and another had joined the Army. Three conductors had been raised to motor men, and youths engaged to act as conductors. The matter of dry seats was in abeyance. As for the platform screens, one of the cars had been fitted with them, and the arrangement, he thought, answered the purpose far better than anything they had seen. He hoped members of the Committee and of the Council would visit the Depot and see the car which had been fitted with the screens, and which would be there a day or two for inspection. Mr. Linscott seconded. (editors note: at that time there was a concern that drivers could see up female passengers dresses as they ascended the stairs. The screen, was fitted to the steps to prevent this.)
Western Times - Wednesday 06 October 1915
Fire at an Exeter Fried Fish Shop
About 8.15 yesterday morning a fire broke out at the locked up fried fish shop belonging to Mr. Milton in Lower North-stireet. Exeter. Mr. Griffin, of Little Silver, when passing the premises noticed smoke. A postman, named Butler, whose attention was called to it, pressed the fire alarm, and then broke open the door of the house with a hatchet. Inside a quantity of coal, close to the skirting of the shop, was in flames, which, however, quickly extinguished by a few buckets of. water. P.C.s Bessant and Gribble, who were soon on the scene, rendered valuable service.. The Fire Brigade arrived, but fortunately, their help was not needed. Mr, Milton, who resides No. 5, King Edward-street, left the premises at midnight, when, apparently, everything was all right. The damage is estimated at about £2.
Western Times - Monday 18 October 1915
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The Mayoress Exeter (Mrs. J. G. Owen) desires to remind working parties in Exeter and district and lady helpers of the Depot generally, that, with the approach of winter, there is a great call for woollen scarves and mittens for the troops and sailors. Applications from Devonians for them are coming in now, every day, especially from France, and the supply is not nearly enough to meet demands. The Mayoress hopes, therefore, that ladies will quickly help to augment the Depot's stock.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 27 October 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 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

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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