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About six o'clock last evening a horse attached to a cab belonging to Mr. E. J. Henson, of St. Thomas, Exeter, bolted from the rank at St. David's Station. Galloping the full length of Bonhav-road, it safely negotiated corner of Bridge-street—having knocked down P.C. Newman, who attempted to stop it—and went over the Bridge and through Cowick-street, being finally stopped on Dunsford-hill. 
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 02 January 1920
Youth in Trouble at Exeter
A youth of about 13, named George Vernon, described as a farm labourer, of the Blue Boy Lodging House, Exeter, was, at Exeter Police Court, yesterday, remanded for a week on a charge of stealing, on December 31st, from 26. Stepcote Hill, two metal watches, valued 10s the property of Thomas Griffin. The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) said the accused had offered to show the police where the watches were. He was also wanted by the County Police, who would arrest him at once if released on bail,
Western Times - Saturday 03 January 1920
House Hunting in Exeter
The, terrible experiences at house hunting in Exeter were related to the Exeter City Bench yesterday, when a settlement was arrived at in case which Mr. S E.rnest Crosse and Mr. M. J. McGahey represented the parties.
McGahey said the magistrates had probably seen Wednesday's "E. and E." the case an ex-Soldier who, for over nine months, had tried in vain find a house in the City. His client, had been in a similar position. Since the last hearing of the case he had been to enquire about every house he had seen let or had heard rumoured to let. It was always the same tale. The owners did not really want to let, but to sell. He produced a big list of houses he had been to see, he put on the table a thick bundle of advertisements which had been inserted in the local newspapers, and assured the Bench that no advertisement of a house to let in Exeter had gone uninquired into by his client. Yet all his efforts were of no avail, and, he was, today, no nearer to getting a house than he had ever been.
Western Times - Friday 23 January 1920
Exeter Motorist's Dilemma
Frederick Smale, Loma Loma, Heavitree-road, Exeter, according Mr. A. J. Tucker, who appeared for him the City Court yesterday, was between, the devil and the deep blue sea. He went for a motor ride after a long illness, and when on the road his side lights went out. He was breaking the law equally going on or by going back to get more candles, so he went on, and yesterday had to pay 30s for driving without lights.
Western Times - Friday 30 January 1920


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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)

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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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