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The High Street with a tramThe High Street with a tram. Looking towards Eastgate with eth General Post Office on the right.Goldsmith StreetGoldsmith Street, towards Paul Street. The Phoenix Inn was approximately where the side entrance to Marks and Spencers is now..

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A resolution was sent from the Exeter Labour Party calling upon the Council to provide a pleasure ground for St. Thomas children in lieu the one taken for allotments. It was urged that, in view the prosecution of children for playing the streets, it was absolutely essential that something should be done...
Western Times - Wednesday 10 April 1918
Mr. S. Steele-Perkins raised a point as to the portion of the higher cemetery set apart for soldiers' graves. He said that recently a nurse attached to the War Hospital, who had nobly served the country for two years died under distressing circumstances of a disease probably contracted in the course of her duty. Her friends hoped the honour might have been paid her being buried in the soldiers' part of the cemetery. A request was made to the Town Clerk as whether this was feasible, but the Town Clerk thought the resolution of the Council was such that consent could not given. He (Mr. Steele- Perkins) felt it was never intended by the Council to exclude any member of his Majesty's forces who had died on service, and gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the resolution be enlarged to include all branches of the Forces who died in the service the country,
Western Times - Wednesday 10 April 1918
Proceedings Against Portuguese at Exeter Withdrawn.
The proceedings at Exeter Police Court against 46 Portuguese arrested at St. David's Station were withdrawn by mutual consent yesterday. The Portuguese Consul and the Board of Trade had been communicated with, and yesterday M. Bianchi, of the Portuguese Embassy, saw all the prisoners. Certain arrangements had been consented to by the defendants. The men had travelled from South Molton Road to St. David's Station without tickets. The fares would now be paid.
Western Times - Thursday 11 April 1918
Accident at Heavitree.
Charles Bray, farm hand, Newhayes, Clyst St. Mary, was driving a horse and cart, laden with brewer's grain, down East Wonford Hill towards Heavitree Bridge, when a portion of the harness broke. The horse became frightened, and reared, breaking both shafts, and capsizing the cart. Bray was thrown to the ground, and received injury to his left leg and hand. He, however, retained grip of the reins, and, though the animal bolted, was able to pull it up.
Western Times - Friday 26 April 1918

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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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