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Tram CrashThis tram crashed on Exe Bridge in 1917. Exe BridgeExe bridge, looking up Fore Street.

One hundred years ago – December 1921 SUPPER DRINKS AT EXETER
Exeter magistrates yesterday granted an application on behalf of the Royal Clarence Hotel for an extension from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., for the purpose of serving drink with suppers. It was the first application of its kind in the city.
Western Morning News - Saturday 10 December 1921
Fire Exeter Exeter
Exeter Fire Brigade, between one and two o'clock yesterday afternoon, received a call to Commercial-road, there being an outbreak at the Improvement Cottages, occupied by Mrs. Maria Spiller, widow. Through a defect of the furnace flue in the kitchen, some woodwork built into it became ignited, and the fire spread to some match boardings and cupboard. Damage to the extent was done before the fire was put out.
Western Times - Friday 16 December 1921
Police Semaphore Misunderstood at Exeter
At Exeter Police Court yesterday, John Hatfield, of Sunnyside, Velwell-road, Exeter, was fined £1 for driving to the danger of the public. A constable stated that on December 8th, he signalled for all traffic from Queen-street to High-street to stop, in order to allow a tram-car to pass.
The defendant ignored his signal and drove into High-street in front of the tram. Had there been much traffic about there would have been an accident. Later, witness saw the defendant, who said he did not remember any signal being given to stop.
Replying to Chairman (Mr. H. B, Varwell). Mr. Hatfield said he thought the signal was for him to drive on.
Western Times - Saturday 24 December 1921
Exeter Porter's Strange Movements Harold Macdonald Hamlyn, 15, Clifton-street. Exeter, shop porter, was charged at Exeter City Police Court yesterday with being in an enclosed yard at St. Laurence's Home for Girls. 49. Polsloe-road, October 29th for an unlawful purpose.—The Chief Constable (Mr. A. P. Nicholson said the case was not yet ready, and he should like to apply for remand until Wednesday next, as it would be necessary to bring medical evidence, there being a doubt as to the prisoners mental condition.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 November 1921


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 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

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