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Marrianne Faithful photographed in her dressing room at the ABC, Exeter, probably in February 1965 when she appeared with Roy Orbison and the Rockin' Berries.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 Magdalen Street before it was demolished for the Acorn roundabout and car park. The entrance to Southernhay is to the left of the central billboard. Circa 1950. See Magdalen Street for more.EMThe Plaza Cinema opened as the Royal Subscription Rooms in 1820. In 1907, Fred Karno converted the building into the Hippodrome, and in 1929, it became the Plaza Cinema. It was destroyed in the blitz. See Hippodrome/Plaza for more.

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Tiverton Clergyman's First Effort as Chauffeur

The Rev. R. Callender, of Templeton Rectory, Tiverton, who appeared at Exeter Police Court, before the Mayor (Mr. J. G. Owen) and Mr. J. Stokes, on Thursday, in answer to a summons for having on the 22nd March, (having) driven a motor car into the London Inn Square from St. Sidwell's on the wrong side, pleaded that he was a beginner at motor driving, and that he made the mistake innocently.—P.O. Harris told the Bench that he signalled to defendant, who drove down Sidwell-street on the wrong side, as well as entered the London Inn Square on the wrong side. He afterwards said to witness that it was his fault, and that should take his number and report him.—Mr. Callender said he did not recollect saying anything about reporting the constable. His reason in taking his number was that understood this was required if an accident arose.—The Mayor: No doubt you were a little flurried.—Mr. Callender : Yes, I was. It was my first attempt at driving.—The Bench called the defendant to pay the costs.
Western Times - Tuesday 03 April 1915
Mr. Lisle, in moving the adoption of the Watch Committee's report, mentioned that the Committee had favourably considered the application of the Chief Constable to provide the police with a motor cycle. The Chief Constable submitted particulars of a machine which could bought for £37, but the Committee recommended that a machine be purchased subject to the Chief Constable taking competent advice. Since then it had been thought desirable to purchase a Sunbeam, of last year's pattern, practically new, having been run not more than 400 miles, which had been offered by Wippell Bros, and Row for £43 10s, its original price having been £61 10s. After a good deal of discussion, which Messrs. Chick, Tapley, Algar, Depree and Hamlin took part, the Council adopted the recommendation of the Committee that the machine be purchased, and it was also decided, on the motion of Mr. T. Bradley Rowe, seconded by Mr . Stokes, to refer back to the Committee for further consideration the question of purchase and price, the Committee being empowered to act.
Western Times - Wednesday 14 April 1915
Capt. Garnsworthy had another matter of urgency to bring forward. It had reference to the Council's tug, the "Queen the Exe." The trade of the port, he said, was not very large at present, and the tug was doing little work. The Admiralty were looking for tugs of this description, and it was possible they would take it on hire. The Council could meanwhile make arrangements at Teignmouth for all the towing they required. He moved that the Navigation Committee be allowed to offer the tug to the Admiralty for hire or sale. Mr. T. Stokes seconded and the proposal was agreed to.
Western Times - Wednesday 28 April 1915

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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)

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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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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