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One hundred years ago – January 1919
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Bad Half-Crowns in Circulation at Exeter
More bad half-crowns are circulation Exeter. Recently we warned city trade-men about these spurious coins, and for a while further cases were reported to the police. Now, however, others have arisen, and a well known Fore-street draper on Tuesday had one of the bad coins tendered in payment of an account. The coins are undoubtedly imitations and would deceive anyone at a casual glance. The relief impression, in fact, both back and front, is almost perfect. The weight (or lack of it) and the dull sounding “ring" give the show away.
Western Times - Thursday 09 January 1919
Fatal Termination to Exeter Trap Accident
Pte. Charles Wedgewood, who was thrown out of a cart in Pinhoe-road on Tuesday last, has since died in No. 3 War Hospital. Deceased and two other men were out driving when the horse bolted. One these jumped out to stop the horse, the other keeping his seat, and both were uninjured.
Western Times - Saturday 25 January 1919
Australian Band at Exeter
On Saturday there was an unusual incident at St. David's Station, Exeter. The Mayoress (Lady Owen) and the ladies of her Depot were busily engaged offering hospitality to the returning Australians, of whom three train loads passed through. In the first party was one of the regimental hands. The men were so delighted with their reception that they called for the band. The musicians "bolted" their tea, made a dive into the carriages for their instruments, and within a few minutes were playing lively tunes on the platform.
Western Times - Monday 27 January 1919
POW returns
Among, prisoners of war who recently returned home to Exeter was Pte. Stanley Pinn, of the Somerset Light Infantry, whose parents reside at 38, East John-street. He was captured in the enemy's last big push, on March 21st, 1918, and for ten weeks his parents heard nothing of him. His postcards and letters never reached home: he was posted as “missing” by the War Office, and was given up by all his friends as lost.
Western Times - Monday 27 January 1919

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New - Feltrim by Dick Passmore

Exeter Pubs The former ‘Feltrim’ or ‘Feltrim House’ once the Exeter home of Dr. Barnardo’s, stood in Topsham Road, on the present site of Norwood Avenue, until it was destroyed in the Exeter Blitz in 1942.

This is a brief history of the property, including numerous rare black & white and colour photos of the interior and exterior and the extensive grounds”.

The book is 40 pages, approx 8” by 6”. The cost is £4.50 plus £1.75 postage for one or two books. For every copy sold, £1 will be donated to the cancer charity FORCE.

To purchase the book, send a cheque for £6.25 to Dick Passmore at:

Little Silver Publications, Little Silver Lane, Matford, Exeter EX2 8XZ

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)

Exeter Memories on Facebook and Twitter

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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