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Hinton Lake Hinton Lake became Star Jeans and then Laura Ashley.

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One hundred years ago – July 1921 Presentation at Exeter
An interesting presentation took place on Saturday evening at the Golden Lion Inn, Newtown, when friends to the number of 50 met to present Amy only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Stone, with a handsome solid mahogany occasional table on the occasion of her approaching marriage with Mr. T. H. Curnow. Mr. G. Ransom, in a few appropriate words, spoke of the high esteem which Mr. and Mrs Stone were held and the general popularity of Miss Stone. Miss Stone and Mr. Curnow suitably responded and a most pleasant evening was spent.
Western Times - Tuesday 05 July 1921

The war memorial to be erected outside the south wall of St. Olave’s Church, Exeter, will take the form a group of scriptural figures in stone, representing the Crucifixion. In our report of the special vestry meeting Wednesday it should have stated that Mr. Herbert Reed’s of the group was approved by parishioners.
Western Morning News - Thursday 07 July 1921
Hottest Day of the Year at Exeter
Yesterday was the hottest day of {he year at Exeter. At four o'clock in the afternoon the thermometer at the Devon and Exeter Institution, Exeter, registered 80 degrees in the shade. On the other hand, the temperature in the sun was only 120 degrees, or ten degrees lower than it was on the three days June.
Western Times - Friday 08 July 1921
Tar Boiler on Fire at Exeter
A singular fire occurred at Bonhay-road, Exeter, last evening. A tar boiling machine used in connection with the re-making of Bonhay-road became ignited and dense volumes of smoke rose a great height. The Exeter Fire Brigade, under Supt. Pett. were called, and it was with some difficulty that a hydrant was found near enough to operate, but when the main was tapped the flames were soon extinguished. Practically the whole of the tar was destroyed by the fire and the boiler was damaged by the heat.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 July 1921


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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