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Aerial view of the CathedralAn aerial view of the Cathedral, probably from the 1930s. St Mary Major Church is in the front, while Bedford Circus is at the top of the photo.Fore StreetOnce the rubble was cleared, this is what remained of the top of Fore Street. The people are standing in Milk Street, while South Street can be seen running left to right a third of the way up.

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The Hoopern-street School children subscribed £1 to Exeter's Butterfly Day.
At Exeter Police Court yesterday, Alice Tootell was summoned for not obeying a police signal at Queen-street crossing, and was ordered to pay the costs, six shillings.
Western Times - Friday 05 July 1918
Mrs. Hawkins, of 3, Alma Place, Heavitree, whose son, Pte. E. Hawkins, Field Ambulance, was reported missing since the 27th of May, has now received a card saying he is a prisoner of war in Germany and is quite fit and well.
Western Times - Friday 12 July 1918
Smashed glass
Two large panes of plate glass in the side window at Messrs. Knapman and Co.'s furnishing shop, Goldsmith-street, Exeter, were smashed yesterday. A horse attached to a milk float was standing outside, and Ernest, gill, who had driven it with milk from Hill Barton, Whipton, was the act of replacing an empty can when the animal started to turn, the side of the float coming in contact with the window. The damage is estimated at about £20 and covered by insurance.
Western Times - Wednesday 17 July 1918
Lost 10s notes
Will one the three gentlemen that were Pushing a cart up Fore-street on Monday evening last, between the hours of 5 and 6 p.m., kindly return the two 10s notes that, they were seen in the act of picking up, as it was paid to a poor widow's son by a trades-man in the same street for the boy to pay his employer—Kindlv return to Police Station.
Western Times - Thursday 18 July 1918
Property sale
Bude Hotel, Exeter, yesterday, Messrs. Whitton and Laing offered for sale, by auction, several lots of freehold properties. Brenda Villa, Whipton, was sold to Mr. Henley for £140. No. 52, Victoria-street, Exeter, was bought for £235; No. 53, Victoria-street, Exeter for £227; No. 54, Victoria-street, Exeter, for £231; No. 55 Victoria-street, Exeter, for £227 10s, and No. 18, Springfield-road, Exeter, for £233. Messrs. Gould and Stephens, Bedford-circus, Exeter, were the solicitors concerned.
Western Times - Wednesday 31 July 1918

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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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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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