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One hundred years ago – December 1916
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Cart and Tram crash
Yesterday morning an Exeter tramcar, in trying to pass a horse and cart, driven down Fore-street by William Burridge, struck the off hind wheel, knocking the cart onto the footpath, and breaking the shafts. No other damage was done except for a slight dent in the front of the tramcar.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 06 December 1916
Reported Use as V.A.O. Hospital at Exeter
We understand that the Bishop's Palace Exeter is to used shortly as a V.A. Hospital for wounded soldiers, and arrangements are being made with that object. Already, it appears, the Palace is being used to accommodate a number of nurses who are sick. The proposed step is taken, we gather, with the full approval of the new Bishop of Exeter, Lord William Gascoyne-Cecil, who, in fact, shortly after his appointment suggested that the Palace should devoted to the purposes of a hospital.
As we have already announced, his lordship has taken a residence Heavitree, " St. Loyes," for a period, so that difficulties residence will arise Lord William, however,, will probably retain a couple rooms the Palace, including his study, for meeting the clergy, and for diocesan business generally.
It is not yet definitely stated how many wounded will be accommodated at the Palace, but about 60 is suggested. The premies will, probably, continue to be used partly as a hostel for nurses.
The new Bishop, in giving up his official residence for the benefit of wounded heroes, is following the example of other Diocesans—an example which has commended itself to the approbation of the public.
Western Times - Wednesday 20 December 1916

The observance of the Christmas festival was restrained in view of the war, the majority of houses having members absent on service with the Army or Navy, though some were brightened by the return of some on leave. The church bells were rang at intervals during the day, and various services at the churches were largely attended. The weather was bright during the day and mild.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 26 December 1916
Sudden deaths
Two sudden deaths were reported at Exeter daring the Christmas— Henry Underhill, aged 74, at 37, Church-road, St Thomas, Sunday, and Mary Ann Thorne, widow, aged about 74, at 62, Longbrook-street, on Monday.
Western Times - Friday 29 December 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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