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300 HOUSES FOR EXETER
Council Prepared to Proceed at an Early Date

In a report to the City Housing and Town Planning Committee state that the Town Clerk has made inquiries as the purchase of sites for the erection of houses for the working classes. The owner in one case had declined to negotiate, and in the other case he had been unable to make progress owing to the absence of the owner on military service.
The committee recommend that the Local Government Board be informed that the City Council are prepared to provide 300 houses at an early date on the terms set out the Board's circular of March 31st last; that the Board requested sanction for the erection 47 of such houses the utilisation of the sites in Pince's Gardens and Claremont-road, having regard to the fact that the land was immediately available and that the plans of the houses had been prepared; that the Council do authorise the committee to take immediate steps for the purchase by agreement or compulsory powers of three sites in the neighbourhood respectively of the tram termini in Pinhoe-road and Cowick-street and the neighbourhood of Barrack-lane.
Western Times - Monday 02 December 1918
WAR TROPHIES.
EXETER DECISION.

The Estates Committee of the Exeter City Council have considered a communication from the Museum Committee, inquiring if open air accommodation for large war trophic could be afforded the city. Arrangements were being made by the Government for distribution of such trophies and it was intended, if accommodation could be provided, to apply for trophies connected with the Devon Regiment. It was decided to inform the Museum Committee that open air accommodation could be provided for large war trophy exhibits.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 28 December 1918

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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)

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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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