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One hundred years ago – October 1918
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Elementary Schools Closed for a Fortnight
Owing to the large number of both teachers and scholars away from the Elementary Schools of Exeter because influenza, the Education Committee have decided to close the whole of the schools for a fortnight, as from Monday evening October 21. In some of the schools 50 per cent, of the-teachers were laid up last week. Over 30 the students of the Exeter University College have also been added to the local flu victims, but the classes there are being continued as usual...
Western Times - Wednesday 09 October 1918
Sir James Owen Accepts Office for Fifth Term

Sir James Owen, who was first elected Mayor in 1914, few months after the outbreak of war, and who has since continued in office, has bowed to the generally expressed wish of the citizens that should undertake the duties for a fifth term. Sir James, who is opposed to offices of this kind being held for extended terms, had hoped that each term would see the end of the war, and thus release the city, himself and the Mayoress from many the obligations in connection with the war, to undertake which, in view of their extensive and complex character would, was felt, asking too much of a new Mayor and Mayoress. Now that his Worship has consented to remain in office for a further twelve months, the continuity of the war work for our soldiers will be unbroken. This will give satisfaction to all classes…
Western Times - Friday 11 October 1918
War Films at Exeter
A large crowd assembled in Bedford Circus, Exeter, on Saturday evening, under the chairmanship of the Deputy Mayor (Mr. T. Bradley Rowe), to witness a series of war films under the auspices of the Ministry of National Service. A photograph of Mr. Lloyd George and the achievements for which he is credited, formed a conspicuous feature of the programme. The cinema, which is touring the West England—Chard and Yeovil are the next places visited—is in charge of Mr. Stephen Scott and Mr. Hutson, and the former delivered address on the pictures thrown on the screen, which were divided into three sections, i.e., Sons of the Sea, Women and the War, and the Western Front.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 October 1918

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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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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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