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One hundred years ago – June 1918
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Fatal Termination to Exeter Railway Accident
Mr. John Down, of 28, Radford-road, Larkbeare, Exeter, mason in the employ of the L. and S.W.R. Company, who was recently knocked down and seriously injured by a train between Queen-Street and St. David's Stations, and was taken the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, succumbed at that institution yesterday afternoon.
Western Times - Tuesday 04 June 1918
Fire at a Heavitree Inn
At 4.20 a.m. yesterday P.C-Wood saw flames in the bar of the Ship Inn, Fore-street, Heavitree. He roused the inmates and found that the partition of the bottle and jug department was on fire. He extinguished the flames with a few buckets of water, the services the Fire Brigade not being required. It is thought that a customer might have dropped a lighted match into a trough containing sawdust, which smouldered and eventually ignited the partition. Only slight damage was done.
Western Times - Wednesday 05 June 1918
Blue and Khaki Tug-of-War at Exeter
The tug-of-war team at the Cadets School, Topsham Barracks, who secured premier place in the recent sports held at the Barracks, challenged the Exeter City Police team, with the result that the latter, captained by Inspector Martin, visited Barracks last night, and won by two to nil.
Western Times - Friday 07 June 1918
Heavitree Man Celebrates His Entry Into the Army
At the City Police Court, before Messrs. A. Steele Perkins (in chair), H. B. Varwell, yesterday, Wm. Davis, Heavitree, was summoned for being drunk in Church-street on the 17th. inst.—Acting-Inspector Snell said defendant was very drunk, and was being assisted into his house by his wife and a man. Defendant, went indoors, and his wife said his conduct was excusable, as he was joining the army the next day.—Defendant: I don't deserve what I am here for. I think the police want something else do.—Defendant, who is aged 45, said he joined up the previous day.—There was a previous conviction in February last for being drunk and incapable—Fined
Western Times - Thursday 20 June 1918
Tram worker joins up
Mr. John Gillard, plate layer on the tramway permanent-way of the Exeter City Council, has been presented with a handsome tobacco pouch, pipes, etc., from the workmen under his charge, as a token of their esteem and regard, prior to his joining the Forces.
Western Times - Saturday 22 June 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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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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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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