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Floods Reported in Exeter and District

As a result of the continuous and heavy rainfall in Exeter and district yesterday, the river Exe rose very rapidly last evening, and overflowed the banks at several points. The boat landing stages near Exe Bridge were submerged, and there was some flooding in the low lying ground of the St. Thomas district, especially about Alphington-road. At Alphington village the brook overflowed, and the road near the bridge was reported to be flooded, the water being more than a foot deep. At Ide the brook at the bottom the village rose very rapidly and overflowed the banks, covering much the roadway. The Exminster marshes and the large stretching valleys of the Exe and the Clyst, were flooded.
Western Times - Thursday 06 March 1919
Child Wellfare at Exeter
The committee of St. Olave's Home, Exeter, have asked for the assistance of the City Council in boarding-out illegitimate children. At present there are 20 such children boarded out in Exeter, the mothers contributing from 3s 6d to 6s per week, according to their means. The Infant Welfare Committee recommend that the Council should contribute assistance in kind through infant Welfare Centres to such an amount as will bring the total sub scribed by the mother up to 7s 6d per week in approved cases, subject to satisfactory reports from the Centre in regard to the care of the infants. The committee has also recommended that a sum not exceeding per week for a total of four weeks prior to confinement, and £2 2s per week for three weeks during confinement, and 5s per week for four weeks after confinement be made to St. Olave's Home in respect of city cases admitted there.
Western Times - Monday 10 March 1919
LIGHTING-UP TIME. Vehicles must be Lit—6.42.
Exeter Dispensary return for the week ended Saturday:—Remaining on the books the previous week, admitted this week, 38; discharged cured, 11; benefitted, 27; no return, 2; remaining on the books, 245.

There are in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital 177 patients, including 28 discharged soldiers. The number of outpatients on the books is 2,380. There are 56 patients waiting for admission into the Hospital, including 30 children under six years of age, and three discharged soldiers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 13 March 1919

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New - Feltrim by Dick Passmore

Exeter Pubs The former ‘Feltrim’ or ‘Feltrim House’ once the Exeter home of Dr. Barnardo’s, stood in Topsham Road, on the present site of Norwood Avenue, until it was destroyed in the Exeter Blitz in 1942.

This is a brief history of the property, including numerous rare black & white and colour photos of the interior and exterior and the extensive grounds”.

The book is 40 pages, approx 8” by 6”. The cost is £4.50 plus £1.75 postage for one or two books. For every copy sold, £1 will be donated to the cancer charity FORCE.

To purchase the book, send a cheque for £6.25 to Dick Passmore at:

Little Silver Publications, Little Silver Lane, Matford, Exeter EX2 8XZ

Exeter Dissenters Graveyard

Exeter PubsThis Booklet, published in June 2018, by the Exeter Dissenters Graveyard Trust contains a brief history of dissent in Exeter, information about some of the people buried in the graveyard and their families. Also covered is the graveyard’s physical aspects and the restorative work undertaken by the trustees and many volunteers.  There are numerous coloured photos and a loose plan of the graveyard showing the first named person on each memorial where this has been possible. Available from www.edgt.org.uk

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

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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