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Diana Dors when she visited the ABC Cinema in the early 1960s with the manager Robert "Bob" Parker. For the younger amongst us, Diana Dors was a 1960s British film star noted for her blonde hair and female attributes. Can anyone identify the two gents on the right?Portrait of Exeter citizen The comedian Tony Hancock frequently performed in Exeter, both at the Theatre Royal and the Savoy/ABC. Here he poses for a photo with the manager of the ABC, Robert 'Bob' Parker, and a young woman. Circa 1962. Photo © the late Frank Mallett.

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EM In 1910, Oliver's Red Lion was 'the headquarters of the Exeter City Football Club, two minutes walk from the football ground'. The inn is named in the original deed for the field that became St James' Park. It was lost in the 1942 blitz.EMIn 1902, plans were drawn up to demolish the Great Western Hotel by St David's Station and rebuild it in the grand manner above. The plan never came to fruition. In the 1920s/30s, two four storey extensions were added to the original hotel on the corner.

EXETER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO this February
This Month in Exeter - 1915 also see 1913
and 1914
Turn those lights out
I don't suppose there anyone who can say how Exeter looked from overhead Saturday night, but from neighbouring hillsides the reduction of public lighting, and particularly the disuse the arc electric lamps, had a pronounced effect. To the native, familiar with his geography, the position the city was still discernible, but nothing like so conspicuous as usual. I imagine that an enemy airman would make allowance for the things which are being done in regard to public lighting and make some pretty good guesses at the whereabouts of certain places. But the abandonment of powerful lights certainly lessons the risk. The only inconvenience from the reduced lighting seemed to be suffered by motorists and motor vehicles. But their inconvenience, which was confined to reduced speed, was viewed as a blessing in disguise by the average citizen. The tram cars were bothered by being unable to see each other distance, but that was mainly owing to fog.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 01 February 1915
Exeter Hero Arrives Home Injured From the Front
On Thursday another batch of wounded and sick soldiers, numbering over one hundred, arrived at Exeter, and were conveyed to the Temporary Hospitals. Many of them were cot cases, the majority of the men being victims of frost-bite. Among the arrivals was Gunner Townhill, of the Artillery, who was called up as a Reservist at the beginning of the war. He was then in the Exeter City Police Force, and in the early stages of the campaign, he was mentioned in despatches for a conspicuous act of gallantry. Downhill has been invalided home with an injury to the hip, owing to an accident, and a slight attack of influenza. He is now at the No. 2 Hospital Pennsylvania.
Western Times - Saturday 06 February 1915
Fatal Sequel to an Exeter Tram Accident
The death occurred at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital yesterday of Mr. George Creedy, who resided at St. Leonard's avenue, Exeter, and who was 82 years age. He was admitted to the hospital on February 5th, having been accidentally knocked down by a tram-car in High-street about four o'clock in the afternoon of that day. He suffered from deafness, and it is stated that stepped off the kerb just opposite the "Western Times" office and went right in the tram track. Motorman Spear, who was driving No. 11 car, having no chance, to pull up, although, the car was going very slowly at the time. Spear, however, did drop the cowcatcher, and it was thought at the time that Mr. Greedy was not seriously injured. His advanced age, however, necessarily made the shock all the more acute. Deceased was a retired police officer.
Western Times - Tuesday 23 February 1915
Exeter Labour Pugilistic After
Drinking Cider

A young labourer, of West-street, Henry Radnedge, was charged at the Exeter Police Court yesterday with being and drunk and disorderly in Pinhoe-road on Tuesday, and with assaulting P.C J. Steer.—According to the constable, defendant went into the Pinhoe road Dairy at night, and murmured something about “swede greens." His conduct was that proprietor, Mr. Hammett ordered him away Witness advised him to go home, when he became violent, put himself in a fighting attitude, and hit witness on the chest. Witness had to draw his truncheon.—Defendant now told the Magistrates that had been to some furniture sales at Pinhoe, and had had some cider.—He was fined 5s and costs.
Western Times - Thursday 25 February 1915

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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

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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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