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One hundred years ago – June 1921
Exeter Boy Cyclist, the Icecream Wafer and the Tram Track.
The hot weather was responsible for an accident which happened in Exeter High-street yesterday. An errand boy was riding down in the stream of slow traffic, followed by a motor lorry. In one hand the lad held an ice wafer. With the other he grasped the handlebars. The wheel of his machine stuck in the tram rails, and there was a sudden jar. The boy dived head first clear of the following lorry, but the wheels went over the bicycle, making a nasty mess of it. The boy was cool in the emergency, but this probably had little to with the ice-cream wafer, as most of it is–or was immediately after the accident—reposing in the dust of the High-street.
Western Times - Wednesday 08 June 1921
Man Sinks and is Drowned Whilst Swimming

William Richard Summer, aged 41, of 36, Haven-road, Exeter, was swimming in the Exeter Canal on Sunday afternoon when, for some unaccountable reason, he sank and was drowned, The body was recovered in a few minutes by Mr Gregory, lock-keeper, who, with P.C. G. Parker, tried artificial respiration for forty minutes, but without success. Dr. Stokes was called, but could only pronounce life extinct. The body was removed to the City Mortuary.
Western Times - Tuesday 21 June 1921
Case of Sunstroke at Exeter Yesterday

Intense heat prevailed in Exeter yesterday. The shone with great brilliancy. Several cases of the serious effect of the heat on children who, in some instances, were not wearing hats were reported. About 11 a.m. in Queen-street a five years' old girl belonging to South-street became hysterical. She was evidently suffering the effects of slight sunstroke. First-aid was rendered by P.S. Elford, who conveyed her to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where she was detained. Just three o'clock a boy from Farringdon became faint owing to the heat in the High-street. He was taken into the Guildhall and first-aid was rendered by the mace sergeants. The lad soon recovered, and was able to proceed. At the Devon and Exeter institution the thermometer yesterday afternoon registered a maximum sun temperature of 121.5, and a maximum shade temperature of 74...
Western Times - Friday 24 June 1921


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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