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A 19th Century print of Bury MeadowA 19th Century print of Bury Meadow. The 'pepperpot' St David's Church on the left, and Heles School on the right.Goldsmith StreetA US Navy film team documenting life in Exeter, circa 1943. Broadgate on the right.

One hundred years ago – May 1918
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Today Mr. Linford Brown will hold an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Leslie Bannel, of 51, Cowick-street, Exeter. The little one, who is only, seven years of age, upset a kettle of hot water over himself on Thursday evening, and, despite careful medical attention, died on Friday evening.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 06 May 1918
Conspicuous Gallantry
Sergt. F. J. West, of the Dorsetshire Regt., has recently distinguished himself, and has received a Certificate of Record from the Major-General commanding the 17th Division, “In recognition of conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty exercising excellent fire control on the 22nd and 25th of March, 1918, thereby keeping the enemy at bay many occasions." All will congratulate Sergt. West this recognition by the Division Commander.
Western Times - Friday 10 May 1918
Interesting Revival of Old Custom at Alphington

Interesting old-time customs are being revived at Alphington. Last week there was the quaint ceremony of blessing the crops, and on Monday the custom of beating the bounds, which has fallen into desuetude since 1850, was again carried out. About thirty parishioners, including two ladies, joined in the tramp, and although the distance was not less than twenty miles and over some of the most hilly country in the district, all the party went through to the end. The time occupied in the perambulation was about twelve hours.
Western Times - Friday 24 May 1918
Dogs Cause Accidents to Cyclists at Exeter
A boy named Charles Gorley, aged 9, living at Venice Villa. Queen's-road, St. Thomas, Exeter, was cycling down Bridge-street Saturday afternoon, and in attempting to avoid a dog. The animal ran into his machine, knocking the boy off. At the same time a motor van, driven Mr. Fred Norcombe, Bath-road, came along, and before could pull up, the van struck the boy. Norcombe stopped his van, and picking up the boy, conveyed him to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Dr. Domville, the House Surgeon, found the lad to be suffering from a wound, and contusions to the head and leg. The injuries having been treated, the lad was made an out-patient. His bicycle was badly damaged.

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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)

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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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