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Exeter Technical Evening Schools
Excellent facilities are now provided in Exeter for boys and girls to extend their education in evening classes. Commercial courses have been arranged for the present session for boys and girls at Ladysmith-road School; for boys at St. John's Hospital School, and for girls at St. Sidwell's and St. Thomas (Union-street). There are artisan courses at the Mint Boys' and Newtown Boys' Schools: a domestic course for girls at Holloway-street School; and engineering and building courses at the Junior Technical School in Bartholomew-street. Applicants should lose no time in entering their name with the Acting Secretary (Mr. E. A. Balsom) at the Education Offices in Southernhay.
Western Times - Tuesday 07 October 1919

The most disastrous fire in Exeter since the destruction of the Theatre Royal, in September, 1887, occurred yesterday morning when the Victoria Hall buildings, which are among largest in the city, were nearly all destroyed. Supt. Pett and members the Fire Brigade had a great task, not only in saving as much as possible of the Victoria Hall, but of the Victoria Hotel and Fulford's Commercial College, adjoining the Hall, and the Rougemont Hotel, the last-named being by far the largest building of its kind in the city, standing many storeys high, and only separated from the Victoria Hall by a narrow road...
German Prisoners at Exeter
Exonians yesterday morning witnessed a spectacle unusual to them, though more familiar to residents in the various work centres in the County. Just after noon, about 20 German prisoners arrived at St. David's, and were marched to Queen-street station. They all looked happy, and well cared for. Big, lusty fellows, most them, they were evidently interested in what they saw of the City. Half dozen of the prisoners wore naval uniform.
Western Times - Wednesday 15 October 1919

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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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