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EMThe window of the Rediffusion shop in the Guildhall Centre, in October 1979. State of the art colour TVs to rent or buy. Photo © David Cornforth.EMA view of South Street, from Cornish's tower on the corner of North Street. Probably taken circa 1958 while the rebuilding of the north side of South Street was in progress. Courtesy Express and Echo.

This Month in Exeter - 1914 also see 1913

Guy Fawkes night
The celebration of the 5th of November in Exeter suffered, like most other things, through the war, and further, fireworks and bonfires were forbidden by the Chief-Constable Devon. Although the Order was publicly observed, there were a few miniature displays privately, and irresponsible youths indulged exploding squibs in the streets, having assured themselves there was no police constable in sight. The celebration of Guy Fawkes Day has been in a state of decadence for a long time, and this year there was no inclination in any quarter for an organised display.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 06 November 1914
Children's court

At a sitting the Children's Court Exeter yesterday, before Mr. A. McCrea and M r H. Hall, two boys were fined Is each for extinguishing tamps West Southernhay. inspector Sandford said the boys climbed on each other's backs to put out the lamps.
Western Times - Tuesday 17 November 1914
Brave policeman
Yesterday afternoon P.C Harding, of the Exeter Police Force, pluckily stopped a runaway horse in the High-street. The animal, drawing Co-operative Society van, bolted in Sidwell-street, and galloped to the London Inn Square, where the constable clung to the reins and brought the horse to a standstill just before it got into the crowded and narrow principal thoroughfare. P.C. Harding was warmly complimented by those people who witnessed his timely action.
Tales from the front
A novel battle has taken place, according to letter from P.C. Elford, who left the Exeter Police Force to rejoin his regiment. He has just sent home an interesting letter to the Chief-Constable of Exeter. He mentions that after a struggle with the Germans in the trenches they finished the battle with bare fists. They took 75 German prisoners, and nearly all had black, eyes and bleeding noses. The regiment was highly delighted to have, fight in the old English fashion. Constable Elford bears special testimony to the bravery of the English officers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 20 November 1914
Billeting soldiers
The Exeter police are, I am told, continuing a census of the houses in which recruits can be billeted. The minimum number of recruits sent to a house will correspond with the number of rooms not in use by the family. The maximum may run to two in a room. Where beds are not provided the men will sleep on mattresses on the floor, bringing their own blankets and coats. The acceptance of recruits is compulsory. The Government allowance is 15s. a week per each man. The authorities will, course, show discretion in the selection of men so that least possible annoyance will be given to the house holder.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 23 November 1914

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Exeter Pubs by David Cornforth

Over 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 a 3-3 draw with the Brazil national side, when they toured South America.

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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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