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Western Times


June 1920

Light Troubles in Exeter

A dirty lamp was the cause of a motorist appearing before Messrs. P. C. M. Veitch (chairman), H. B. Varwell. and J. Stocker, at Exeter Police Court on Friday. Defendant was Thomas Mortimore Lee, of Newhall Farm, Broadclyst, and the offence alleged was that he was in charge of a motor-car on the night of the 18th May the rear identification plate of which was not illuminated.—P.S. Elford said so dirty was the glass of the lamp which should have illuminated the plate that the figures could not possibly read. Defendant did nothing to remedy the matter, but drove away.—Mr. W. G. Seager. for defendant, said it was electric lamp, and could not be cleaned without being disconnected and taken to pieces, and defendant had this done at a motor engineer's the next day.—A fine of 10s and costs was imposed.
For riding a bicycle without a light in Higher Cowley-road at 10 20 p.m., Fred Sharland of King Edward-street. was fined 5s
Western Times - Tuesday 01 June 1920

The Exeter Cat Rescued

The cat has been found
In yesterday's "Western Times" was recorded the attempt by Inspector Lale, R.S.P.C.A.. to rescue a cat which had been heard crying, and was supposed to be imprisoned in the leat which runs Under Bridge-streef , Exeter.
All attempts the to find cat —whose cries had been heard for days, were without avail.
Our account was seen by two men who thought they had heard a cat mewing in a condemned house in School-court, Frog-street. After weighing up the probabilities they decided to investigate on their own account, and broke in the door. The result was they found the cat. What more, it was the cat which had been lost. It was ravenously hungry, but after a very hearty meal seemed little the worse for its long fast. The house was about twenty-five yards from the leat where was thought to be. How it got into the house is a mystery which nobody in the locality seems to able to throw any light.
Western Times - Wednesday 02 June 1920


Jury Return a Verdict of "Found Dead”


The Exeter Coroner (Mr. V. Linford Brown), with a jury, resumed, at the Guildhall, Monday, the inquest on the male child whose decomposed body was found in a soap box at St. David's Station on April 22nd. The box had been despatched by some unknown person from Stapleton-road Station, Bristol, to a fictitious address, North-road, Exeter.
Evidence was given by George Herbert Weeks, packer at the Bristol Station, to the effect that he received the box for despatch to Exeter. The box was wrapped in brown paper, and weighed 10 lbs. Witness wrote on the parcel 1s. 6d., the amount of the carriage. He could not remember whether the box was handed into the station by a man or a woman. The rule the Company to enter in a book the sender's name and address was not observed in this case. He was not in the habit of taking parcels, and thus forgot to take the sender's name. At time, the parcels porter was temporarily absent.
The Coroner observed that there were 53 parcels handed in at the station that day, and in all cases the name and address of the sender were entered, except regard to this particular box. That was the only parcel witness received that day.
Witness said simply accepted it, weighed it, and took the charge (1s. 6d.) which he handed over to the parcels porter on his return.
Other evidence having been called,
The Coroner said it was one those cases; difficult to deal with, because everything was, to a certain extent, vague. It was most unsatisfactory that the box was taken at the station and no entry made of the sender. There appeared to be no recollection of whether the box was sent by a man, woman or child. It was extraordinary to find, on looking through the station book, that this was the only consignment in regard to which the name and address of the sender were not entered. It was impossible to say from the evidence how the child came by its death.
The jury returned an open verdict of "Found dead."
Western Times - Friday 04 June 1920

Boy's Daring Robbery at St. David's

A particularly daring robbery took place at St. David's Station on Wednesday. A tram-car conductor, having checked his takings, about £2 10s, and placed them in the ticket-box on the platform of the car, busied himself with the trolley pole. The driver was engaged in routine duties at the other end the car. A eleven-year-old boy seized the opportunity to slip aboard and abstract the bag with the takings. He then made a dash for the station. His action had passed unnoticed. When the theft was discovered a few minutes later police were notified, but searched for the boy in vain. Yesterday, however a telephonic message was received from the Plymouth police to the effect that a boy answering the description of the one wanted was being detained there. He had travelled down from Exeter on the seven o'clock out of St David's, which was drawn up at the platform at the time the theft was committed.
A very similar occurrence took place at St. David's Station a week ago, the sum involved in that case being about five shillings.
Western Times - Friday 04 June 1920

Exeter Municipal News

Mr. C. A. Batten, Victoria-street, Exeter, has been appointed Superintendent of the Exeter Baths and Wash-houses, sat a salary of £3 per week, together with free house, firing and light.
 In his annual report the work of the Exeter Fire Brigade for the past year, Supt. Pett stated that the total loss by fire in the City was £20.327, an increase of £15,447 the previous year. The sum included the Victoria Hall fire, in which the loss was over £16.000. The Brigade received ten calls from outside the City, where the total loss was £16,200, and the property saved £97,500. The expense—-£351—had been paid to the City Treasurer.
Exeter Finance Committee recommend that, a bonus of £10 per annum b granted to the women clerks employed the City Council,
Negotiations have taken place between the Lighting and Cleansing Committee of the City Council and the Exeter Gas Company in regard to the terms of a renewed contract for street lighting. The Committee report that they have been unable, for various reasons specified, to conclude a definite agreement with the Company. In the opinion of the Committee an agreement would nugatory unless some definite shape were given to the proposal that the charges should vary to meet the variation in the cost of production. The Committee also recognise the difficulty of arriving at any satisfactory arrangement in this respect unless some such suggestion as they propose for dividing the charge between maintenance of the lamps and consumption of gas is accepted. For the present, however, they recommend payment at the Company's charges subject to satisfactory reduction to meet the diminution in lighting effected since submission of the company’s terms.
Western Times - Monday 07 June 1920


There has been no development in regard to the negotiations the Liverpool F.C. for the transfer of Mitton, and quite possibly the chapter may he regarded as closed.
Lovett, whose ill-luck was by-word at St. James's Park last season, has signed for Blackpool, and continues his club relationship with Popplewell.
According to the lists circulated to the by the clubs Southern League, Exeter City had retained ten players and had eleven on the transfer list at the time the records were sent in.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 June 1920

Motor-Cycle Number Hidden by Lady's Skirt at Exeter

An unusual case came before the Exeter Friday, when Geo. Lee, Broadclyst, was summoned for driving a motor cycle, the rear plate of which was obscured.—Acting-inspector Snell said defendant was driving the motor cycle, and had a lady friend on the carrier. Her skirt was entirely obscuring the number plate. This -sort of thing was getting more and more prevalent.—Fined 7s 6d.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 June 1920

Tramcar Accident at Exeter

On Saturday night, at about 10 o'clock, the last car but one for Pinhoe-road filled quickly at Exeter Guildhall and set off on its journey. It was raining after a fine evening, and pedestrians were hurrying home for shelter. The car, being full, did not slow down at Bedford Circus, but two women made a dash for it. One jumped on to the board, but the other failed to get a proper hold, and was dragged along for several yard, and then fell prone in the wet roadway. Her companion thereupon stepped off, and, not having made due allowance for the speed of the tram, she too, measured her length on the wood blocks. The car was brought to a standstill, and the conductor went back.
One of the ladies had sustained a severe blow to the back of the head, and in a semiconscious state she was assisted into the Empire Picture Theatre, where she received every attention. The ladies gave the names Mrs. Plowright and Mrs. Roland, sisters,90, Pinhoe-road, Exeter. Mr. George Bray, manager of the Theatre, secured a taxi and had them conveyed to their home.
It is offence for a person to attempt to board a moving tramcar.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 June 1920

Aggravation by a Neighbour in an Exeter Court

Mrs. Alice 8, Coffins-court, Exeter, was on Saturday summoned at Exeter City Police Court for assaulting Mrs. Emmeline Hoare, her next-door neighbour.
Complainant said she was quite unaware of any reason why defendant should want to hit her, and if she knew of anything she had done wrong was prepared to apologise. As she was filling a saucepan at the back her house, defendant rushed her and punched her in the eye. She was afraid to into her backyard.
Defendant admitted the offence, but said s)he had had provocation. It was impossible for either her or her husband pass Mrs.Hoare without the latter passing insulting remarks a about her. Mrs. Hoare said she and her husband were "stuck up."—Defendant's husband also said Mrs. Hoare annoyed them. His wife had punched her before.
Mr. P. Kelland (presiding magistrate) said the Bench thought defendant had been aggravated, but she must not punch her neighours, and would be fined 2s 6d.
Western Times - Tuesday 22 June 1920

Scarcity of Houses in Exeter

“A prominent citizen told me that there was no house shortage at all in Exeter."— "You don't, agree with him?" asked the Chairman (Mr. Percy Gayton), at Exeter Police Court of the tenant Henry Coome Osborne House, No. 1, Butts-lane, against whom Mr. Arthur William Cavill, 23. Fore-street, the owner was applying for an ejectment order.—" I do not agree with the citizen." replied Mr. Coome.
The application had been adjourned to give Mr. Coome an opportunity to get another house. Mr. Cavill had told him of several that were to let, but Mr.Coome. had been unable get one. Mr. Cavill, it appeared, wanted the house for his own occupation.
Mr. Coome said he quite understood Mr. Cavill's position, and was anxious to get another house.
The Chairman said this was a case in which both tenant and owner had equal claim for consideration. The Bench felt that this sort of thing could not go on indefinitely, and made an order far occupation, but not to be operative within three months. Mr. Coome in the meantime, would expected to make special effort to find another house.
Western Times - Wednesday 23 June 1920

Water Polo at Exeter

A large crowd witnessed a water polo match in the river off Gabriel's Timber Yard, Exeter, last evening. Exeter Reserves (the home team) proved altogether too strong for Budleigh Salterton, and a one-sided, but not uninteresting game, ended in a win for the homesters by eight goals—Davey (2). (3), Glanville. Cummins and Ponter—to three (Luscombe). A match will be played in the river against! Exmouth next week. .
Western Times - Saturday 26 June 1920


Motor Overturned on Six Mile Hill


Tragic Ending to an Excursion to Plymouth


Considerable amount was occasioned in Exeter on Saturday when the room again currency that the large motor char-a-banc, containing a party of Exeter excursionists, had capsized when the rumour gained currency that a large motor char-a-banc, containing patty of Exeter excursionists, had capsized in the vicinity of Dunsford, and that several - persons had been killed and many injured.
The report as to the killed was exaggerated, but we regret to record that one man, Ben Shaw, residing at West View-terrace, Exeter, met with fatal injuries.
It appears that a party of 30 excursionists left the Princess Alexandra Inn, Bonhay-road, Exeter, to proceed by char-a-banc to Plymouth for an annual excursion.
For the purpose a large car named the “Kid." belonging to the Exeter and District Touring Car Company, was requisitioned.
When their friends saw them off and wished them very pleasant day's outing, they little thought that within seven miles of Exeter the big motor conveyance would be wrecked, the whole party precipitated into the roadway, one man killed and seventeen seriously injured that they had to be conveyed by St. John Ambulance to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.
The char-a-banc, when it started away from Exeter, was one of the best appointed of the Company; now it lies a total wreck, blocking the whole of the roadway, which at the point of the accident measured about sixteen feet.
The journey through Cowick-street and up Baker's Hill was without incident, and though several stiff hills had to be negotiated the brakes of the car acted thoroughly satisfactory, and the driver, James Marshall, always proceeded with the utmost care.
It was coming down the Six Mile Hill, Dunsford, that the accident happened. The hill is a winding character, with several nasty bends, and a big car such as the "Kid" took a deal of handling.
As to how the accident really happened the stories are somewhat conflicting. At any rate, it took place when nearing the bottom of the hill, where the car gathered speed. The driver, it said, kept his head, but the large car struck a telegraph pole, proceeded some yards, then went into a deep gullyway, and capsized, being thrown on to its left side. The whole of the passengers were thrown out, some into the hedge and others to the roadway. The crash of the big char-a-banc came over was considerable, and could be heard, according to one person interviewed by our representative on the adjoining hill…
Says Brakes Failed and Steering Gear Went Wrong
James Marshall, the driver the car, was seen by one of our reporters when he was in bed at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. His right arm was bandaged where had received a very nasty flesh wound, but otherwise stated that was not feeling as bad as he might have expected.
He attributes the accident to the following causes:
The brakes would not act.
2. The engine unexpectedly jumped into "neutral."
3. The steering gear went, wrong…
Western Times - Monday 28 June 1920

Exeter Meter Makers' Outing

The workers of the gas meter department Willey and Co.. Ltd.. to the number of 120 held their annual outing on Saturday, Plymouth being the place visited, the journey being made in five powerful motor chars-a-banc. The party were favoured with ideal atmospheric conditions, and the ride over Dartmoor was greatly enjoyed, a halt being made at Princetown. Following dinner at Plymouth. Mr. A. Lippett expressed appreciation on behalf of the department on the successful and methodical arrangements made by the committee, under the chairmanship of Mr. H. Faulker, with Mr. A. G. Baker as organising secretary, these remark's being endorsed by Mr. Sprague. The afternoon was spent in visiting the numerous places of interest and at six o'clock the party re-assembled for the homeward journev, halts being made at Ashburton and Cbudlejgh, where a pleasant harmonic was held Mr Green presiding at the piano. On receiving the news of the sad accident at Dunsford, the meter makers of Willey and Co.. Ltd., entered Exeter with a subdued feeling, as sympathy, and not with a lively air, as is customary on returning from annual excursions.
Western Times - Tuesday 29 June 1920

Six Strokes of the Birch for Dishonest Exeter Lad

A 12-year-old boy appeared at the Exeter Juvenile Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to stealing a lady's silver wristlet watch, valued 5s, the property of his mother. It was stated the boy was continually stealing at home. He had been chastised for the offence—The Bench ordered the lad to receive six strokes the birch.
Western Times - Tuesday 29 June 1920

Beating Father Time By Speeding Our News Service.Receiving a story at the Western Times
To expedite the transmission our news, we have arranged for the a private wire, and have installed a Creed instrument, which, our readers will agree, is a marvellous invention. At the London end there is a little machine very like a typewriter and with a typewriter keyboard. Through it runs a tape, and when operator strikes key, instead of printing a letter punches he out on the tape a group of holes representing the Morse character for the particular letter. As soon as has punched a few words the end of the tape is fed into another machine which sends electric impulses along the telegraph line corresponding with the dots and dashes on the punched tape.
These electric impulses cause a number of punches on the receiving machine in our office at Exeter to cut similar combinations of holes in another tape. As soon as the first few words are through the operator picks up the end of the tape and feeds into the printing machine. This kind of typewriter driven by electricity, and actuated, in part, by compressed air. The keys click rapidly, and within a few moments there appear to be miles of paper tape pouring into the basket.
The young lady at other side of the table passes the narrow strips through a gumming box and then sticks it on sheets of paper of convenient size. The “copy” is now ready for the sub-editor, who quickly reads it through, attaches the necessary headlines, corrects errors, punctuates it, and passes it to the linotype operators.
Western Times - Friday 11 June 1920


May 1920


Next week's Exeter Hippodrome programme can be regarded as a worthy successor to that which has been enjoyed by patrons this week. The Sisters Vincent, who top the bill, are paying their first visit to Exeter, and their merit as novelty comedy acrobats should command the approval of all. Garvet and Verena make an art of step-dancing; Jack Warman (the “stick of mirth") may be relied upon to provide ample merriment; Montague (the singing violinist) should be another good turn; the Whittakers are to supply " potted pantomime," and Carlynn will give an exhibition of animal imitations. Special pictures on the bioscope complete the list.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 01 May 1920


Following quickly upon theft of gold and silver articles from a Newton Abbot hotel comes the news of a similar occurrence at one of the principal hotels in Exeter. The articles in Exeter were taken from a lady's handbag, and, the procedure in Exeter and was similar, and the former affair took place two days after that at Newton Abbot, the police are inclined to think robberies were the work of the same person or persons. The booty obtained at each was small. It was worth about £50 at Newton, and less at Exeter. The police are believed have a clue.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 03 May 1920


Yesterday, at Exeter County Court, Frederick Holt, Heavitree, applied for an order against Robert Webber, house decorator and painter, Exeter, for the payment of £36 10s 3d, money due under a judgment previously obtained. Mr. A. M. Alford, for the plaintiff, said judgment was obtained some time since, but defendant had not paid any money. Plaintiff said defendant had a lot of work, and could easily get more. He worked on his own as a house decorator and painter. Replying to a question as to what means defendant had, witness said Webber could go about to hotels and ask people to have drinks costing a sovereign, which he (witness) could not afford to do. Webber was a great spendthrift. His Honour ordered defendant to pay £4 a month.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 06 May 1920

Indian Mutiny Veteran Dies at Exeter

Major-General Lester Horatio Sibthorpe, Indian Mutiny veteran, died at Exeter Tuesday, aged 86.
General Sibthorpe was the father of Mrs. Williams, wife of the Vicar of Emmanuel, St. Thomas, Exeter. He was very interested in the Church Missionary Society.
Western Times - Friday 07 May 1920

The "Fiat" Tractor at Exeter

An object of great interest at Exeter Cattle Market yesterday was the model of a Fiat tractor for agriculture. Unique and exclusive features of the tractor, which is the winner of three international contests, were explained by Mr. Lewis M. Woolland, of Crediton, and favourably impressed the large gathering of agriculturists. Designed to run on paraffin, the Fiat is capable of ploughing with a three furrow plough 6¾ acres of heavy clay, and with a four-furrow plough 9 acres of light land, per day. It can also be used for work and hauling, and all form agriculture, and fitted with four speeds on the driving pulley.
Western Times - Saturday 08 May 1920

Happy Ending to an Exeter Case

There was a happy ending to a case which came before the Exeter City Magistrates a fortnight ago. On that occasion, John Bastin, Sidwell-street, Exeter, was summoned for assaulting his wife. The case was adjourned to allow Mr. S. Ernest Crosse (fort he wife), and T. J. Templeman. who defended, consult the parties and try to arrange for a separation.
After talking the matter over, a much better solution arrived at. When they came before the magistrates yesterday the solicitors were able to state that the parties had come to an agreement. It was feared that drink was at the bottom of the trouble and the husband had agreed to give it up. It was now hoped that the parties would live together on good terms and the joint request of Mr Crosse and Mr. Templeman the Bench decided to strike the case out of the list.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 May 1920


Mr. Hill moved the adoption of the report of the Estates Committee, which recommended the Council adopt a scheme for laying out a site on Northernhay for the City War Memorial, approximate cost of £1,330, and for erecting a cross over the graves of soldiers, airmen and sailors at the Cemetery and laying out the ground an cost of £1,400.
Mr. Munro moved an amendment that the recommendations be referred back to the Committee, in order that they might at any rate bring forward a less costly scheme, for which, he said, provision had been made in the estimates. In the present condition of the City finances the Council should, be contended, stay their hands on plans of this kind, which, although desirable on sentimental grounds, could do no good to the poor fellows who had gone hence. The recommendations meant a 2 ¼d rate, and that, with the present burdens ton the ratepayers should make them pause.
Mr. Kelland seconded the amendment.
The Mayor said within the last day or two he called the sculptor in charge of the City War Memorial, for which the site was recommended, and learnt that it would be at least 18 months before it would be essential to get the site ready. His Worship suggested that the £1,330, part which had been spent in putting order the rough site on could easily be spread over three years. As the £1,400 for memorial at the Cemetery, he had no information, but they were under moral obligation to go with it.
Mr. Ross contended that the War Memorial at the Cemetery should take precedence. It was in honour of the men who died in this city. As to the other, he offered to give his mite if it were to erected in Bedford Circus. He objected to the Northernhay site. It ought really in the oldest part the city, i.e., the Cathedral Yard. Mr. Ross criticized the procedure of the promoters of the Memorial, and was objecting to the style of the Memorial.
The Mayor pulled up Mr. Ross by reminding him that, the Council were merely discussing the laying out of the sites.
Mr. Ross: I propose that the Memorial at the Cemetery should take precedence.
Mr. Campion suggested that the granting of the site was the extent of the Council's liability, and. therefore, they should refer the matter back to the Estates Committee, and request them to ascertain whether the War Memorial Committee had sufficient money to pay for the laying out of the site.
The Mayor replied that they had not.
Mr. Campion: Perhaps they can get it. I don't think there would much difficulty.
Mr. Stocker reminded the Council of Kipling's words, "Lest we forget." Were they not tending towards it? If this proposal had been made two years ago would they have scrupled at £1,300, or indeed ; £30,000? The time had come to settle the site, and he hoped they would offer to the War Memorial Committee the site on Northernhay, where, in the opinion of a large majority of people, should be, and where could viewed from Queen-street. They had been told the Memorial would not ready for 18 months, and the Architect would tell them that the foundation of the site would have laid months before the monument was actually fixed. Let them, therefore, offer the Northernhay site, and show, as a Corporation, their gratitude to the noble men who would live in the memory of the present generation and of generations to come.
Mr. Yendell asked if the Committee had taken into consideration the feelings of those who had contributed to the memorial. He understood it was expressly stated that the memorial would be erected in Bedford Circus.
Mr. Stocker replied that certain owners of property in the Circus would not consent.
Mr. .Ross: I shall certainly request to have my money back.
Mr. Yendell said a lot of people were of opinion the memorial ought to be placed in Bedford Circus. He suggested that a post card poll be taken of those who contributed to the memorial whether it should be placed in Bedford Circus or on Northernhay. He thought they had the right, to say where should lie.
The Mayor: You are right up to a point, but suppose the Committee decided it should be put in the middle of your front shop.
Mr. Yendell: That is beside the point. The Mayor said the position was one and the same. As far as I understood they were unable to get the permission to erect the monument in Bedford Circus.
Mr. Yendell: That is news to me tonight.
Mr. Hoskins asked what was to be the cost of the memorial in St. Mary Major's Green?
The Mayor replied that he could not say. That had nothing to do with the Council.
Mr. Lisle reminded the Council that the ground, on which it was proposed to erect the monument on was now covered with rubbish, and would have to be laid out in any case at a cost of £560. The amendment of Mr. Munro refer to the recommendations back to the Committee was defeated by a large majority, and the report was then adopted.
Western Times - Wednesday 12 May 1920


Woodbury Salterton Domestic Remanded


At the Exeter Police Court Wednesday, a charge of murder was preferred against an, eighteen-year-old domestic servant named Louisa Annie Bowden, of Greendale Cottages, Woodbury Salterton, respect of the death of her infant female child, whom it was alleged she had strangled on April 28th. The Mayor (Mr. T. Bradley Rowe) was in the chair, and the other magistrates present were Messrs H. B. Varwell, Messrs F. T. Depree. P. Kelland and T. Ainge.
Mr. M. J. McGahey appeared on behalf of the accused.
The Chief Constable said the girl had been arrested on warrant. The inquest had been opened, but was adjourned, because the doctor did not think the girl would be fit to appear before the Court, until June 4th. He would therefore have to ask for a remand until the inquest.
The Mayor said he the girl was in a precarious state of health.
A remand was granted, and the Bench admitted the accused to continuous bail on two sureties £10 each.
Western Times - Friday 14 May 1920

New life in Canada

Last evening, at the Salvation Army Temple, Exeter, an interesting lecture entitled "Prospects of the Worker in Canada" was given by Lieut.-Colonel Taylor. The speaker said the great need of the Dominion was for land workers, because Canada was to great extent an agricultural country and dependent upon the agriculturists. Social facilities had been granted for discharged men by the Government, whereby they could obtain free passage. If anyone wished to work on the land they would find it a remunerative occupation. Among the women the chief need was for domestic servants At the close Lieut.-Colonel Taylor was heartily thanked for his lecture.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 19 May 1920


Unwelcome Marauder at the Mouth of the Exe

Topsham fishermen are regretting that Mr. Adams failed to kill the seal which he fired at when it escaped from Exeter Canal, at Turf, on Monday morning. Since its arrival in the Exe, the salmon fishermen have had a poor time, and they have formed the opinion that the seal is frightening the salmon away.
There are stories that partially consumed salmon have been discovered in the river, but enquiries among the fishermen as they were starting for their work yesterday afternoon failed to confirm these reports, while the water bailiff has not heard anything of such finds.
The seal has not been seen by day since it hurried down the river after Mr. Adams shot at it on Monday, but it has been heard at night. Last it was seen quite close to the shore and off the corner of Topsham by the fishermen in one of the returning boats. They wanted to shoot their net to try to catch it, but there was another net which had not been hauled lying in such a position that they would have "fouled" it had they carried out their intention.
At that time the seal was swimming along quietly, and occasionally barking. It is quite possible that there were two seals in the river, and that Mr. Adams may have killed the one shot at. The fishermen think that the one seal Wednesday night spends the day in the river Clyst, and does its fishing in the Exe at night.
Western Times - Friday 21 May 1920

Motor Cycle Accident at Exeter

On Sunday morning at 9.15 a collision occurred at the junction of Summerland-street and Sidwell-street between a motorcycle with sidecar driven by Thomas J. Medlen, of Park-road, Exeter, and a motor ambulance driven by Frederick Rowe, of Beauford-road, Exeter. The cycle was overturned, and the driver received slight injuries on his face and hand. First aid was rendered by P.O.'s Gribble and Draper, and Medlen was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He was made an outpatient, and driven to his home by the St. John Ambulance, under Sergt. Arnold
Western Times - Tuesday 25 May 1920


Unveiling of a Memorial to Fallen Students arid Staff

On Sunday afternoon Principal Clayden, members of the staff, students and ex-students of the Exeter University College, and several parents and friends of those who had fallen, assembled at the University College, Exeter, for the unveiling of the memorial erected to the memory of thirty-five students and members of the staff who lost their lives during the war.
The memorial, which is of oak, the raised letters the names being in gold, is artistic in design. Around the sides are the rose shamrock and thistle, while the City arms are at the head.
Mr. H. Eyre, the senior ex-student, unveiled the memorial, and both he and the Mayor (Mr. T. Bradley Rowe), as Chairman of the College Committee, spoke with deep emotion.
Western Times - Friday 28 May 1920


Young Woman's Apron Drawn Into a Copper Fire

At an inquest at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Wednesday relative to Florence Daisy Warren, aged 26 of Manor-road, St. Thomas, who died at the institution on Monday, as result of burns received earlier in the day, evidence was given by the mother (a widow), to the effect that while engaged in washing her daughter reached over the copper to get a polishing box, and her clothes were ignited by the copper fire. Witness threw water over her, and neighbours came to her assistance. The draught through the door must have drawn deceased's apron into the fire.
P.C. Wise said he found the deceased sitting in a chair, wrapped in blanket. Her arms, neck and face were badly burned. After applying oil to the burns he had her removed to the hospital.—The Coroner congratulated the witness on what he did to assuage the deceased's sufferings.
Dr. Mules said when admitted to the hospital the deceased was suffering from extensive burns- Her face had been scalded by steam. The body, arms and legs were burnt. She died from shock due to the burns.
The Coroner returned a verdict of "Accidental death."
Western Times - Friday 28 May 1920


Liverpool's Approaches in Regard to Mitton


Rumous were current in Exeter on Friday that Jack Mitton, the popular City left halfback, had been, or was about to be, transferred to the Liverpool club. I understand that Liverpool have been making overtures to Exeter City for some weeks past in regard to this particular player, with a view to securing his transfer, but nothing definite has yet transpired either way. Exeter City do not want to part with Mitton, but the directors take the view that if a player desires to better himself, it is their duty not to stand in his way. It is premature, however, to say that Mitton will be transferred.
I understand, further, that Exeter City have applied for admission to the Western League with a view to running the reserve team in that competition next season.
Sammy Strettle has signed forms for Warrington. He will be entrusted with a big share of responsibility in regard to the building-up of the team. THE CHIEL.
Western Times - Monday 31 May 1920

Motor Accident

A motor smash occurred in Cowick-street, Exeter, on Saturday afternoon. A  motor cycle ridden by John Eddy, 13, Wellington-road, Exeter, and a car driven by Walter Vernon Hodges, 177, Cowick-street, Exeter, came into a collision as the car was leaving Old-Vicarage-road. Eddy received injuries to his hand, and the left side of his chest. The motor cycle was badly smashed.
Western Times - Monday 31 May 1920

An Exeter Labourer's Expensive Mistake

William Henry Owen, 20, Artizans' Dwellings, Cowick-street, Exeter, labourer, made an expensive mistake. He was arrested for being drunk and incapable at Exwick, and later released on bail of £1. He should have appeared before the Exeter City Magistrates on Friday, but failed to do so, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Saturday he came before T. Ainge and other magistrates, who fined him 5s for being drunk: and ordered his bail to be estreated. He said be had made a mistake, thinking he had appear Saturday. This mistake cost him £1.
Western Times - Monday 31 May 1920

Flowers Soldiers' and Sailors' Graves : Touching Scene at Exeter.Remembering the dead
On Saturday the members of the Women's Section of the Exeter Branch of the Comrades of the Great War visited Exeter Cemetery. They first held a short service at the Shrine (bottom picture), and then placed flowers and laurel wreaths (top picture) on the graves of the 180 soldiers, sailors, and airmen buried in the Heroes Resting place.
Western Times - Friday 28 May 1920


April 1920

Exeter's Smallest Parish

A meeting of ratepayers in the parish of St. Leonards Without held in the vestry on Wednesday evening. This is one of the smallest if not the smallest in the country. In the heart of the of City Exeter it is, for rating purposes, part of the County Devon. Rey. J. F, Sheldon was unanimously elected Chairman for the ensuing year, and Messrs. L. and H Bidgood overseers.
Western Times - Monday 05 April 1920


Starcross Girl Bound Over for Three Weeks

When Florence May Shelby, girl, aged 20, was brought up on remand at the Exeter City Magistrates on Saturday, charged with stealing a pair of shoes and trees, and two blouses from the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter she objected to being sent to a home. Her father supported her protest, and the magistrates dealt with the case by binding her over in the sum of £5, the case to come before the Court again in three weeks.
The girl pleaded guilty, and said she would behave in future, her recent experience having been a lesson to her.
Chief-Inspector Martin gave the particulars of the offence, and said the articles were stolen from rooms in the hotel. Detective-Sergt. Edwards made enquiries, and though she at first denied any knowledge of the matter she afterwards admitted having taken the things.
Detective-Sergt. Edwards said the girl had previously been dismissed from situations for dishonesty, and she had was also cautioned for stealing in the kitchen at the Clarence Hotel.
Western Times - Tuesday 06 April 1920

Country Dog Which Did Not Like Exeter

At the Castle of Exeter yesterday, Madeline Chambers, Parr-street, Exeter, was lined 2s 6d for allowing dog to 'be the highway at Stoke Canon in the night time without being under control, the March. Defendant said the dog was country dog, and would not stay in the town. She bad since sold i' and would in future remain in the 3 country.
Western Times - Wednesday 07 April 1920



The finding of Enoch Heale, chemist's traveller, aged 66 years, hanging by a rope from a hook in the wall of an outhouse of his residence, No. 3, Barton Terrace, Alphington-road, about 10.40 on Thursday morning was the subject of an inquest, held at the Court House, Exeter, yesterday, by the City Coroner (Mr. W. Linford Brown). Ernest Heale, son, gave evidence of identification, and said deceased had a seizure about nine weeks ago, and had not been himself since. Deceased's wife stated that on Thursday morning she went out, leaving her husband in the kitchen. When she got back he was missing. She subsequently found him hanging in the outhouse. John Lear said he cut deceased down but life was extinct. Dr. C. J. Vlieland too had been attending deceased for several months. He had had a slight apoplectic attack, which affected his sight, and, to a certain extent, his right while his mind was also unbalanced. The cause of death was strangulation due to hanging. A verdict of "Suicide while of unsound mind" was returned.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 10 April 1920

Cowick Barton skeletons

The discovery of skeletons in the ground recently appropriated for allotments near Cowick Barton, Exeter, is not surprising, There is doubt that, from time immemorial until the consecration in 1412 of a parish church and provision of a burial ground at the existing site adjoining Cowick-street, almost opposite the St. Thomas Pleasure Ground, the area near the present Cowick Barton farmhouse was for interments. The only fresh information provided by the finding of human remains on the western side of the cobble footpath leading from Cowick-lane to what is now Park House Estate (but which formerly passed through avenue of noble elms and a number of fields emerge near St. Thomas Church), is that the ancient burial ground must have extended there instead of being kept eastward of the path, and stretching towards Newhayes and Newlands, on the Alphington the side. The pathway mentioned is still popularly known as the "The Monks' Walk," and people have even fancifully supposed that the cobbled part was the aisle of Cowick Priory Church, but there were living a few years ago, and there may be still, old inhabitants who could remember the laying of the cobbles for the very utilitarian purpose of providing a surface.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 10 April 1920

Alleged Housebreaking at Heavitree

David John Hopkins, H.M.S. Vivid, Devonport, was.charged at the Exeter Police Court, yesterday, with breaking into and entering 2. Butt’s-road Heavitree, between 8.30 a.m. and 1.20 p.m. on the 12th inst. and stealing a purse containing 100 half-crowns, one sovereign and £30 in notes, making a total of £43 10s. the property of William Davey
The Chief Constable (Mr A. F. Nicholson' said defendant was arrested at Taunton. He asked the Bench for, and was granted, a remand for a week in order that enquiries might be made.
Western Times - Thursday 15 April 1920

Exeter Petty Officer Granted a Divorce

In the Divorce Division yesterday, a decree nisi was granted to Arthur Henry Bond, petty officer in the navy, residing at Heavitree, on the grounds of the misconduct his wife, Eva Maud, with a man named Pollen. Evidence was given that the marriage was at Devonport, and the residence Heavitree. Petitioner was on service, and his return found she had disappeared, and found she had lived with Pollen at Park-road, Longbrook-street, Exeter.
Western Times - Saturday 17 April 1920


Immediate Increase of Pay for Staff


The Tramway Manager reported to the Exeter Tramway Committee that, at a meeting the National Industrial Council held on the 31st March, it was agreed that a general increase of 5s per week in the bonus now being paid to all employees over 18 years of age and 2s 6d per week under 18 be granted, to take effect from and including 29th March last, with a further increase of 1s. and 6d. per week respectively from and including 1st June 1920. These concessions in Exeter would amount to £24 per week. It was also agreed that any tramways undertaking may, not later than 22nd April, 1920, claim exemption from payment increases where special circumstances exist which entitle them to such exemption.
The Committee resolved that subject to certain enquiries the increased bonus granted; that application made to the Ministry of Transport for authority to increase fares by 50 per cent, above the present legal maxima; that a Sub-Committee, consisting the Chairman, Alderman Varwell ,and Councillors W. Brock and Yeo, be appointed to consider and report upon revision the existing table fares.
Western Times - Saturday 17 April 1920

Fire at Exeter

On Saturday afternoon about four o'clock a fire occurred in a room at No. 20, Stepcote-hill, Exeter, occupied by Mrs. Causey, a curtain banging from the mantlepiece having ignited, The flames were extinguished by P.C. Gibbings and a few helpers with buckets of water. The Exeter Fire Brigade arrived, but their services were fortunately not required
Western Times - Monday 26 April 1920



A 14-year-old boy was before the Magistrates, at Exeter Juvenile Court, yesterday, to answer a summons for stealing, between March 18th and April 12th, from a gas meter at 22, Garden-square, the property of the Exeter Gas Company.
The Chief-Constable, in relating the facts, said that Monday, April 12th. the gas meter inspector went to the house of the defendant's parents to examine the meter. He took out his key to unlock the padlock and found the latter was broken off. He examined the index and found there should have been about 16s in the meter. In the cash box, however, there was only 1s 7d. Defendants mother knew nothing about the matter, but in consequence of a statement by defendant's brother, the police saw defendant and he admitted the offence. He stated that he opened the meter on Easter Tuesday and that day spent about 10s at the Fair, and the remainder in going to the Hippodrome and picture palaces.
Detective-sergeant Walters said the boy had a fairly good home. There were seven children under 16 and one over. The boy was getting beyond his mother's control, staying out late at night and being very untruthful. Since he left school in March, 1919, he had been in no less than eight situations, and been discharged from all of them for dishonesty or unsatisfactory conduct. The longest period he stayed at any one place was five weeks.
Defendant's parents expressed a desire that the boy should go to a training ship.
The Chairman (Mr. J. Stokes) said defendant would be committed to a reformatory until 19 years but if possible he would be found a place on a training ship.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 27 April 1920


Restitution Order Granted Against Ex-Soldier Husband

On Friday, in the Divorce Court, Mrs. Mary Ellen Warren, of Sunnyside, Old Tiverton-road, Exeter, was granted a decree restitution of conjugal rights against her husband. Henry George, employed in the Office of Works, London. Petitioner said she had to complain of her husband's conduct, and while on service France he wrote suggesting separation, which she refused to consider. When he returned from France she tried to see him, but would not, and later she received a letter from his solicitor, sending her a remittance, and saying any letters written to him in their care would forwarded. The husband had written that was leaving England, but he was now London, and refused to live with her.
Western Times - Tuesday 27 April 1920

Exeter Cinemas.



The management of the Empire has secured some excellent pictures for the first three days of this week. There is the third episode of "The Tiger's Trail," which is one the best serials, which the principal performer is Ruth Rowland. Another production which cannot fail to excite interest is "The Unknown Quantity," the chief part being taken by Corrine Griffith. The story is that a young man, who, after inheriting his father's wealth, learns how the money was obtained, and whereby many families were ruined. He thereupon tries to make amends, loses his heart to one the victims of his father and marries her. Much laughter is created by the comedy, "Humbugs and Husbands." There is also a record of the cup final between Astcon Villa and Huddersfield…
The Barnfield Hall will only be open for pictures for the first three days of this week, but the' programme is of an exceptionally high order. The star picture features the well-known artiste, Norma Talmadge, who appears in the role of San San, the motherless daughter of a great Chinese Emperor. Miss Talmadge’s make-up as San San is excellent, and many people will wonder how she succeeded obtaining the almond shaped eyes of the Oriental. The story is based upon a secret which San San shares only with a wise old owl in the garden; she loves the white man who comes her father to take in the Chinese language. San San meets her death through having mated with the American, and the story shows how the subject of is again raised between her half-American baby, now grown into a beautiful woman, and an American officer. When the Emperor discovers that San San has not preserved herself for him, he pretends to forgive her, and tells that she shall go free through the Garden of Peace, but to reach the Garden of Peace she has to pass through the Hall of Flashing Spears. It is a great scene when she suddenly discovers herself surrounded by the cruel points of steel about to he thrust into her body. By the Emperor's orders her is baby saved, to reared as a living warning that between the East and the West there can be no twain, and as she grows up she becomes a living jest for the Emperor's Court ladies. In addition to this the audiences are provided with some Charlie Chaplin humour, also a film depicting the English Cup final which took place on Saturday. Patrons will appreciate the promptitude with which the football film has been secured for the Barnfield Hall. There are continuous performances daily from 2.30, so there will ample opportunity to enjoy the full programme.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 27 April 1920



On the completion of the building of the Victoria Hall, Exeter, it is estimated that seating accommodation will be provided for some 1,500 people. According to the plan, the ground floor, which will be on a level with Queen-street, will seat 1,150, and gallery at the back room for 315 more. The stage will be at the western end and the main entrance from from Queen-street. At the front of the building there will two vestibules, a crush hall and a smaller crush hall, with a lecture-room over and various smaller rooms for the use of the Secretary, etc. Downstairs, under the front part of the hall, there is to be a tearoom and large refreshment room, with kitchens, etc., and three stores will be under the main floor. With entrance to the level the side street will be provided the living quarters of the caretaker, who is to have two bedrooms, bath-room, sitting-room, kitchen, scullery, etc. (editors note–this was never built)
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 27 April 1920

Mystery Play at Topsham

There were Large audiences at. St. Margaret's Hall, Topsham, yesterday afternoon and evening, when two performances were given of “The Coming Bride," a mystery play the fifth century, which tells the story of St. Bride as child, shepherdess, and Abbess. Great interest has been aroused the production of the play; which will repeated this evening.
Western Times - Thursday 29 April 1920

Peter, Though German, Gets Rose.Peter the German dog.AT the Higher Barracks, Exeter, on St. Georges Day, all ranks appeared on parade and received a red rose from the Commanding Officer (Major M. I. J. Jenkins, D.S.0.). The captured German sentry dog, “Peter of Mametz," was also presented with a rose. Old Peter is a naturalised Devonian now, and having been given a "dog's chance" to live a decent life, is quite a happy and respectable member of the Barrack community.


March 1920

Forgotten by the Owner for Week

A charge preferred by Inspector Male of the R.S.P.C.A., was heard at the Exeter Police Court Friday, against John Martin, of Old Tiverton-road, of cruelty to sheep by not giving them proper care and attention between 30th January and the 6th February.
The evidence was to the effect that defendant was removing a number of sheep from a field in Union-road to Topsham-road. On the way in Polsloe-road, one of the sheep fell ill, and defendant put it, with another, in a field behind Regents Park. It was alleged that both animals were diseased, and so weak that they required special care. Having put them the field, in which, it was stated, there was not much grass, defendant forgot all about them for week.
The attention of residents in the vicinity of the field, including Mr. J. W. Mathew, and Miss Constance Wallis of Regents Park, was attracted to the sheep, and they gave evidence as to their poor condition.
Mr. Matthew said the animals were, when he went into the field and looked at them, in the last stage of exhaustion. There was little grass, and he felt that the man who left them there ought to be ashamed himself.
Mr. W. Roach, veterinary surgeon, told the Bench that the sheep, which were dead when examined them, were in an emaciated condition, and one of the animals, on postmortem examination, was found with two broken ribs, which he considered was caused before they were killed. He admitted there was enough grass in the four-acre field keep two sheep had they had been strong enough to get at it.
Inspector Snell said defendant told him he had been too busy go and see the sheep. Defendant admitted that he forgot that he had put the two sheep the field, which belonged to Mr. Kivell. His wife was the time dangerously ill, and this took his attention off his business for a week or two. He added that the ribs of the sheep were broken by his handling the carcass after he killed the animal.
A witness named Thomas Branch testified that the field in Union-road from which the sheep were taken had ample food for sheep, which were well-looked after by defendant.
Colonel Blake, .LP., who had known the defendant for a great number years, spoke of the great care and attention which he had seen him devote to sheep which he kept in a field in Topsham-road.
The Bench, in view of the extenuating circumstances, fined defendant only 10s and costs (the latter include the veterinary surgeons fee).
Western Times - Tuesday 02 March 1920

Rabbit Traps



John Lehman a recently demobilised soldier, pleaded guilty at Wonford Sessions, yesterday, to laying spring traps at Kenton, for the purpose of catching game, in places other than rabbit holes.
The police evidence showed that, out 70 traps, 50 were set in runs and jumps in the hedges. In some cases the traps were four or five feet away from rabbit holes. In one of the traps a partridge had been caught.
Supt.. Arburthnot said then, had been great many complaints about traps being set in the open in this neighbourhood. It was, of course, difficult to detect offenders, and he asked the Bench to inflict such a penalty in the present case that would act as a deterrent.
Defendant said he unaware traps could not be set in the hedge near the rabbit holes. He thought "open" meant in the open fields.
A fine of £1 was imposed.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 03 March 1920



At a meeting of the Exeter War Memorial Committee, at the Guildhall, last night, Mr. Angel, the artist who designed the city's war memorial, submitted a slightly amended model, which the Committee approved. A conference was held with the Estates Committee of the City Council, and the War Memorial Committee suggested that the Bedford Green site be cleared and the memorial erected thereon. The Estates Committee will further consider the proposal and make a recommendation to the City Council.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 05 March 1920


Death of Old Lady Knocked Down by a Cyclist

An unfortunate accident which happened at the top of Barrack-road, at the junction of Magdalen-road, Thursday, has terminated fatally. It appears about 4 o'clock in the afternoon a widow named Mrs. Elizabeth Barnacoat, aged 63, who resided with her married daughter at 10, Baker-street, stepped, off the pavement t go  across the road, and walked in front of a cyclist named Arthur Starr, of 4, Summerland-terrace, who was riding by on a ordinary machine. She was knocked down, and received a dent on the back of her head. Mrs. Barnacoat was taken into a shop, and after receiving first aid was conveyed to her home where her wound was further bathed and attended to. It was not thought that her injuries were serious, but she paused away yesterday morning. Dr. Whaite, who was called in, could only pronounce life extinct, and Inspector Snell of the City Police Force, was at once communicated with.
Western Times - Saturday 06 March 1920


Exeter Council's Offer of Compensation for Damage

St. Thomas Rural District Friday, received a letter from the Town Clerk informing them that the Exeter City Council was prepared to pay 4d per ton on all city refuse hauled by traction on the roads in the St. Thomas district.
Preb. Buckingham said Committees from both authorities met. The City Authority was from the first quite prepared to admit that damage was done, and more or less responsibility. It was a difficult question to decide whether mileage should be taken. Much more damage was done in the parish than in the main roads. St. Thomas suggested compensation he paid at the rate of 6d per ton. The city had now offered 4d. and thought St. Thomas should entertain it as a settlement. The haulage amounted to 12,000 tons, which at 4d per ton would work out about £200.
It was decided to accept the offer to date from the 1st January last.*
Western Times - Tuesday 09 March 1920

The Accident in Queen Street, Exeter

On enquiry at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital yesterday we were informed that Mr Fredk. Crocker was progressing satisfactorily. In connection with the incident which was responsible for his being in hospital, some interesting further details have reached us from eye-witness. As stated yesterday, a bread baker's horse was frightened through having its bridle pulled off by a motor-car in Queen-street. The horse at the time was facing High-street, but after a preliminary stampede on the pavement in front of Messrs. Broom, Reid and Harris’s shop, it turned around to the left and made for the station end. Mr. Crocker was in charge of a G.W.R. wagon standing on the opposite side the street. His own horse being quiet, he sprang after the runaway and, reaching the near side, held on to the shaft with one hand while tried to get a hold the horse's bridle-less head, a most difficult job. Then another wagon horse from a little further down the street took it into its head to move undirected across the street and met the runaway midway. So close were the two vehicles that Mr. Crocker actually turned round and round like a teetotum, and dropped the ground as the wagons cleared. At first it was feared that he had been killed, but, happily, such was not the case, and it is hoped will soon recover under the hospital treatment. As already stated, the runaway proceeded down the street, turned into Northernhay-street, and again into Lower North-Street, where it stopped outside its owner's shop.
Western Times - Wednesday 10 March 1920

Children and Street Trading at Exeter

The Developments Sub-Committee will report to the Exeter Education Committee, next Tuesday, respecting the employment of children and street trading, that the received from the Traders' Association, St. Sidwell's Traders' Association, Chamber of Commerce. Trade and Labour Council, Ruridecanal Committee and the Free Church Council, were considered. The Committee made some further amendments and approved the draft bye-laws, and resolved (i) that the bye-laws be submitted to the Education Committee in order that they may be forwarded to the Home Office for consideration prior to adoption the City Council and formal approval by the Secretary of State; (ii) that a report from the Head Teachers and the School Medical Officer on the working of the new bye-laws asked for after they have been in operation for twelve months.
Western Times - Saturday 13 March 1920


Notable Incident Recalled by Mr. John Mathew's Death

The death of that well-known sportsman, Mr. John Mathew, of Rydon House, Talaton, recalls one of the most remarkable incidents in the sporting annals of the city of Exeter. Mr. Mathew, more familiarly known as “Squire Mathew," kept bis own pack of hounds in his younger days. These were the halcyon days when the second mount, "waiting in the lane beyond the plough” was not considered indispensable to the enjoyment of a day's hunting. On one occasion Mr. Mathew's sporting pack put up a stag on Broadhembury Common. Hounds. I running well, and marking and driving in the Keen and untiring fashion for which the pack was famous, pushed their quarry in the direction of Exeter. Hounds kept rattling along on a screaming scent, and though they experienced a check, soon regained the line the stag, which eventually made for Cowley Bridge. How many Exonians can recall the scene as the hunted deer sought the cooling waters of the Exe at Cowley? In the meantime another pack of hounds in the neighbourhood had joined in the chase. Both packs were in at the kill, and a dispute arose between the rival huntsmen to which was entitled to the trophy of the chase. Eventually the matter was settled the Mr. John Turner, huntsman to Mr. Mathew's pack, seizing the stag, slinging it over his hunter, and triumphantly taking it back to Rydons. One can imagine the scene in the hall when the deer was brought in late the evening. One of the “field” it is stated, rode his horse to death on this memorable run, the horse dropping down dead in the course the run. Among the notable Sportsmen who hunted with this sporting pack were the late Mr. Charles Pratt, Mr. W. Warren, and Squire Drew.
Western Times - Tuesday 16 March 1920

Warrant Granted at Exeter for the Arrest of Gipsies

Edwin and Harry Holland, travelling gipsies, were charged at the Wonford Petty Sessions, Exeter, yesterday with trespassing on land at Kenn, in search of game. Defendants did not appear.—Sergt. Banbury served copies of summons on them at Exminster. P.C. Yeabsley, Kenn, said on the 5th ult., at Dawlish-lane, Kenn, he saw defendants working hedges on the road with two dogs and a ferret. They went across a field and waited. Harry Holland had a whippet between his legs and he let it go. It was then seen to he chasing a rabbit. Both defendants came hack across the field to the highway, and on searching them the constable found were in possession of a rabbit and ferret bell. — Supt. Arbuthnot applied for a warrant of arrest, as both defendants had several other charges against them.—Granted.
Western Times - Wednesday 17 March 1920

More Allotment Ground for Exeter

At a special meeting of Exeter City Council last night, the Deputy Mayor (Mr. Steele- Perkins) presiding, a report of the Estates Committee relative to acquiring further allotment ground in the St. Leonard's district was presented by Mr. W. S. Linscott. He said the Committee were faced with the fact that they had already taken over all the land in the immediate St. Leonard's area that was suitable for allotments, unless they inflicted hardship or disturbed occupiers who were already using the land to the best advantage. The only solution of the difficulty was to take over a field rather over eight acres in the Topsham-road, adjoining one already used for allotments. This would provide 120 allotments 10 yards each. They hoped to obtain a long lease of these two fields, so that they would be permanently available for the purpose. It was found that the occupier had several fields, and not, as was at first thought, only three. He moved that an Order under the seal of the Council be made, accordance with the provisions of the Act, for compulsory taking over the field, which was numbered 307 on the Ordnance Map. Mr. Linscott mentioned that the field, under the procedure, would not be available for three or four weeks.
Mr. T. Howard seconded.
Mr. Tarr complained that nothing was being done to meet the demands of the people in St. Thomas.
Mr. Linscott replied that a field at the end of Ethrington-road had been acquired, and would be available a week.
The report was adopted, and the resolution moved by Mr. Linscott carried.
Mr. C. Hoskins enquired when the field in Church-lane, which was for allotment purposes to the Council by the Feoffees of St. Sidwells, would be handed back to the Feoffees, so that the money derived from it could be applied to its original purpose, viz.. the relief of the poor of the parishes of Sidwell’s, St. James’s, and St. Matthew's.
The Town Clerk replied that the Feoffees had already informed that the field would be handed over any time, so long as it was continued as an allotment ground.
Western Times - Wednesday 17 March 1920


Alleged Author of Fire at Pennsylvania Robbery at Maynard's
Harold Macdonald Hamlyn, an Exeter youth, apparently about 16 years of age, was brought up in custody at the Exeter City Police Court yesterday, charged with breaking into Maynard School. Exeter, between 10 p.m. the 18th, and 6 a.m. on the 19th inst., and stealing pocket diary valued at 1s, the property of Margaret Gubbins.
The Chief Constable Mr A. F. Nicholson asked for a remand for week, and said there would other charges. Prisoner was responsible for the recent fire at a school in Pennsylvania. He applied for a remand, in order that the prison doctor might have an opportunity of keeping him under observation.
Mr. Norman Lake, who defended, offered no objection, and tin- application was granted.
Western Times - Tuesday 23 March 1920

Exeter Council and Crowded Areas

The Exeter Medical Officer having reported on certain areas bounded (1) Fore-street, South-street. West-street. Coombe-street; (2) Paris-street, Ebenezer-place, and (3) North-street, Paul-street, and Pancras-lane. the City Surveyor has been instructed by the Sanitary Committee to prepare a scheme for the improvement of the areas in accordance with the provisions of Part I. of the Housing Working Classes Act, 1890.
Western Times - Saturday 27 March 1920

Military Funeral at Exeter

The funeral took place at the Higher Cemetery, Exeter, Saturday, of Major G. Stoker, C.M.G. Deceased had served in many campaigns, and died at Streatham Hall, where had been a patient there for about one month. The official minister was Rev. T. M. Bell-Salter, St. David's, and the coffin was unpolished oak with brass mountings, bearing the inscription: "George Stoker. C.M.G., died March, 1920, aged, 64 years." Wreaths were sent by E. Pester and Harry Pease, Holne, Devon-, and Miss Guppy and Staff. Streatham Hall. The coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack, was borne to its resting place on a carriage from Topsham Barracks, while a firing party was in attendance from the Devon Regiment. The "Last Post" was sounded, and four volleys fired over the grave.
Western Times - Monday 29 March 1920

Presentation at Exeter

At the Exeter tram depot on Saturday night a presentation was made to Motorman P. Langabeer on his leaving the tramway's taking to take over the Grapes, South-street. Motorman W. Isaac in asking Mr. Copp, to make the presentation, expressed regret at losing: "another old hand." Mr. Copp then presented Mr. Langabeer with a silver-mounted umbrella and an oak biscuit barrel on behalf of the staff, remarking that during his 14 years' Service Mr. Langabeer had proved himself a very loyal servant to the undertaking. They all wished him the best of luck in his new undertaking. They all wished Motorman Langabeer suitably thanked the staff tor their kindness.
Western Times - Tuesday 30 March 1920

Trap collides with car

On Friday morning, while James Tucker, of Hollocombe, Paignton, was driving a motorcar along Alphington-road, Exeter, a pony attached to a trap being driven in the opposite direction suddenly jumped to the right and collided with the car. The wind screen was smashed, and the pony was much cut about the head and throat that it had to be attended to by Mr. Nelder, veterinary surgeon. The trap was also slightly damaged.
Western Times - Tuesday 30 March 1920


Violent Behaviour of an Ex-Service Man

A man described on the charge sheet as "Thomas Ogden" was very sensitive about his name. He declares that he is not called Ogden, but Wilson. When he was last before the Exeter magistrates made a similar protest, and yesterday when charged again before the City Bench in the same name he seemed rather annoyed about it, and repeatedly protested.
He was charged with being drunk and disorderly in Cowick-street on Saturday night, and also with using obscene language at the police station.
The police evidence was to the effect that prisoner was surrounded by a large crowd. He was using abominable language, had his coat off, and was offering to fight anybody. P.C. Russell, having previously advised him away, took him into custody. Prisoner, a strongly built man, became very violent and resisted arrest. Another constable was called, but the man still continued struggle and called the crowd to help. In view of his language, however, his exultations had just the opposite effect, and several people offered to help the police. When prisoner had been taken as far as the lighted clock in Fore-street the police ambulance arrived on the scene, and at the sight of it he went quietly to the police station. On his arrival there he became violent and abusive again. For half an hour he used terrible language, and told P.C, Rounsley that had been fighting in France for such as he, and that soon his mates would be shooting the police in Exeter as they were in Ireland.
Prisoner alleged that he was in a public house and saw a man trying to pick pockets. He interfered, and the landlord removed him from the public house. He supposed his face did not fit in Exeter, where his sister lived, certain members of the police force seemed "have it in" for him, and generally managed to get him arrested. He reminded the Bench that, last time he was there he was hound over, and if convicted this time his sister would suffer, as she had stood bond for his good behaviour. He did not mind for himself, but his sister had very little money. Her husband worked for the City Council, and was not paid very well.
The Chairman (Mr A. T. Loram) remarked that he knew that the Council workmen received good wages. Defendant would sent to prison for a month without the option of a fine.
Western Times - Tuesday 30 March 1920

Young Exeter cyclist Young Exeter cyclistLittle Rodley Parker, a three-year-old cyclist, riding in the street with his father in Exeter. He handles, mounts, and rides his cycle like a practised adult. [Photo.: Photoprest. Block: Lens. Ltd.]
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Thursday 04 March 1920


February 1920

Chemistry Student Injured at Exeter

A student at the Exeter Modern School named Rita Madge, aged 16, of Brooklands, Heavitree, while assisting the science mistress in giving a demonstration in chemistry before a class on Friday afternoon, had her right hand seriously burnt through some of the chemicals accidentally falling on it. The skin of the whole the palm of the hand was severely injured. She was immediately conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where she was treated. Fortunately her injuries are reported to be less serious than was first rumoured, but a considerable time must necessarily elapse before she will regain the use of her hand.
Western Times - Monday 02 February 1920

Fun in Exeter High Street

Exonians who happened to be in High-street yesterday were amused and not a little puzzled at the unusual sight of three peculiar gentlemen (who seems for all the world to be three friends of Artful Thomas), parading the streets in harlequin costumes of red and black ( University College colours), with diminutive bowlers a la Robey, each carrying a sandwich board aloft, and rending the air with the blare of trumpets. We understand that the object of this picturesque procession, which was organised by the students at the Exeter University College, was to draw attention to the Rugby match which is to be played at the Gras Lawn to-morrow in aid of the funds of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, on which occasion the E.U.C.’s hope to give the men of St. Luke’s a run for their money
Western Times - Tuesday 03 February 1920

Bus is cancelled

Complaints have reached the Exeter Information Bureau with reference to the non-running of the railway motor bus between Queen-street Station and Chagford. I understand that it has been off the road for something like two months, having been sent to Eastleigh for repair. Surely, however, the L. and S.W.R. is not so short that it cannot provide substitute to meet the convenience of the large number of people accustomed to patronise the bus. But, perhaps, there may be “news" from East!sigh" within the course of a day or two!
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 03 February 1920

Foot and Mouth Disease

Mr. A. F. of Silverlands, Alphington, writing on the subject of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in Devon, narrates his experiences of what happened on a farm at Alphington about 50 years ago. He says : "We did not kill any stock, and the animals did not die. They did not all get it. For instance, there were about 20 dairy cows standing in long stalls side by hide —one had it, the other did not. We used the milk off the cows not affected. No one died as consequence—not even myself. What we did to the affected animals was to dress their mouths with diluted carbolic two or three times a day, and also their feet which they laid down, and kept them clean. I forget what strength we used. They all come round in time, and went for beef. I never heard my father say that he lost a lot by it, and there has never been a sign of the disease on the farm since.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 03 February 1920

Exeter Divorce Case

In the Divorce Court yesterday Annie Callard, living in Bath, was granted a decree nisi because of the misconduct and cruelty of her husband, George Edwin Callard. The case was undefended. The parties were married in 1904 at Exeter, where respondent was a Sergeant-Major in the Army Medical Corps. After the marriage the parties resided in East Grove-road, Exeter, but they lived unhappily. In November, 1915, petitioner obtained decree of separation from her husband on the grounds of his cruelty. In July. 1919, plaintiff discovered in her husband's box, which he kept locked, two diaries, and, as a result, plaintiff filed this petition.
Western Times - Tuesday 03 February 1920


Octogenarian Locksmith Admitted to the Roll

An interesting ceremony took place at the Exeter Police Court yesterday, when an application by Mr John Tuckett, of 14, New Attwill's, Cowley-road, Exeter, for admission to the Roll of Freeman of the City was heard and granted by the Mayor (Mr. T. Bradley Rowe) who was accompanied on the bench by Mr. H. B. and Mr. P. Kelland The Town Clerk (Mr. H. Lloyd Parry) administered the oath to the applicant, who thereupon gave evidence. Eighty-two years age last week, Mr Tuckett is a retired locksmith, and for many years conducted a business of his own in Paul-street. His nephew, Alfred Tuckett, the previous Freeman, and an only son of the present applicant's deceased brother William, was killed in the war, and applicant claimed the only surviving son of William Tuckett, senior, who was admitted in 1830. Various certificates verifying these particulars were handed in, and corroborative evidence was given by Mr. Short, an elderly friend of the family.
The Mayor, addressing Mr. Tuckett, said they were very glad to admit an old citizen like himself into the dignity of Freeman. He thought all members the Bench had known the applicant for many years, and they hoped that in spite of his great age he would live long to enjoy this dignity.
Mr. Tuckett thanked the Bench, and congratulated Mr. Bradley Rowe on his election to the Mayoralty.
Western Times - Thursday 05 February 1920


Heavitree Man Leads Home a Lame Horse

At the Exeter Police Court yesterday, Mr. J. D. Harris in the chair, Reginald James Nosworthy, of 12, St. Anne's-road, was fined and costs for cruelty to a mare on February - 2nd by working the animal when she was lame, suffering from ringbone.
Defendant pleaded guilty, and Inspector Lale , R.S.P.C.A.. stated the facts of the case. Nosworthy said he had purchased the mare for £37 odd, and also a farm wagon. He attached the mare to the wagon, and so brought his purchases into the city. He was leading the mare over Exe Bridge, when he was stopped by P.C, Skinner, who questioned him as to the horse's condition, and took the animal to an inn yard.
When questioned by Inspector Lale, defendant said he thought the animal was suffering from thrush, and declared that the lameness seemed passing off as they came along the road, and the stiffness wore away.
It appeared that the mare had been put up at auction, but had not fetched a bid. Defendant afterwards bought her.
Western Times - Saturday 07 February 1920


Pike in Hand Better Than Two on the Hook

The Exe having fined down after the recent spate, is in first rate order, and in spite of the fact, that in some of the best reaches of the river pike fishing is not allowed after January 18th, excellent sport has been enjoyed by local anglers. Mr. Graf and Mr. Jackman, members of the Exeter Angling Association, have had several catches, Mr. Graf's best fish scaling 8lbs. The largest fish taken from the Canal this year was secured at Double Locks on Friday by Mr. W. W. Acton, of 36, St. Thomas, Exeter, a member the Exeter Angling Association. Weighing 14lb. 12ozs., it look a live bait and put up a big fight. While Mr. Acton was playing this fish another heavy one seized the live bait on another rod with which Mr. Acton was fishing, but the fourteen pounder took him half-an-hour to land and the second fish got away, taking with it the hooks as a memento of the fight.
Western Times - Tuesday 10 February 1920


Hunter's Notable Gift to the City


The last of the specimens of the big game collection which has been given to Exeter by Mr. C. A. V. Peel, the well-known sportsman and author, has just arrived from Oxford, and is now housed in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum pending the erection of the hut, which being provided Sir Chaning Wills, for its reception on the vacant ground at the rear of the Museum, and which is expected to be ready by April next.
Exeter is lucky in having such a notable collection. As many of the animals are becoming extinct, the specimens will be of increasing value and interest. Between thirty and forty are big game animals mounted entire. The outstanding specimen is a remarkably fine African elephant, which is ten feet in height at the shoulder, and whose tusks, from 6ft. to 6ft. 3in. in length, weigh 60lbs. apiece. In order to get this and other specimens into the Museum a large window and stonework had to be removed from the side of the building abutting on Paul-street.
Another magnificent specimen is that of the giraffe, which at present is lying on its side in the Lower Museum, which is not sufficiently lofty to enable the animal to be stood upright. Probably one of lights of the ceiling will be ultimately raised to accommodate the specimen, the head of which towers to a height of 18 feet.
The Curator (Mr. J. F. Rowley) is, we understand, contemplating exhibiting the “hard skin” animals in the Lower Museum and the remainder of the collection in the separate hall which is being erected, and to which there will be direct access from the picture gallery.
In addition to entire specimens, there is a number of mounted heads, some of which are animals which are already very rare.
A Rare Collection
A good idea of the great scope and educational value of the collection will be understood when we say that among specimens mounted entire there are, in addition to the two already mentioned, an Indian elephant, very typical; a Bongo antelope, from British East Africa; a Moose from Canada, Eland from North Africa; a Pere David's Deer from China (now practically extinct as a wild animal); a Hippopotamus; two Rhinoceri, one from Africa and the other from India; Polar Bears, Lions, Leopards, Antelopes, Lynx, Kangaroos, Reindeer and other Deer. There are also Seals and cases of fish, the latter including remarkably fine salmon taken, we believe, from one of the Scotch rivers.
When the specimens have been sorted and mounted, Exeter will have a collection which will be unique at any rate in the West-country. Few big game sportsmen go to the expense of bringing home whole specimens. They are usually content, with beads only, The collection will not only be of great educational value, but will be a great attraction to visitors to the city.
The donor. Mr. C. A. V. Peel, a resident of Umberleigh, North Devon, and the acceptance of the gift by the Exeter Museum Authorities was only made possible by the generosity of Sir Chaning Wills in undertaking to defray the expense of providing the special hall for the housing of the collection. A good start has already been made with the new building. The public may thus look forward to seeing in the Spring a permanent addition to the Museum, which will greatly enhance its attractiveness and usefulness.
Western Times - Tuesday 10 February 1920

Family Squabble at Exeter

What the Exeter City Bench yesterday regarded as a family squabble was considered by the magistrate (Mr. P. Jelland presiding). The plaintiff, Henry Newcombe licensee of the Papermakers' Arms, Exeter, alleged that William Berry, general dealer, of Bartholomew-street West, had assaulted him on Boxing Day.
According to Mr. T. J. W. Templeman, who prosecuted, Berry went to Newcombe's house on Boxing night and knocked at the door. When Newcombe came out Berry pulled him into the street, knocked him down, rolled him in the mud, and finished by kneeling on his stomach. Newcombe was so damaged that he had done no work since, and had only recently been able to leave his bed.
Several witnesses were called.
Defendant, who appeared in the dock wearing the blue band of a military hospital, said his wife was thrown out of the house by Mrs. Newcombe, and she fell on her back in the street. He went to see the plaintiff, who assaulted him so that he had to return to hospital.
The bench regarded the incident as a family squabble and dismissed the summons.
Western Times - Wednesday 11 February 1920

Fall from Exeter Tramcar

On Saturday evening, at half-past seven o'clock, a man named Albert Sampson, of Heavitree, was alighting from the upper deck of a tramcar at Livery Dole when he fell on to the granite setts in the roadway and was rendered unconscious. First-aid was applied Mrs. N. Cudmore, of North-street, Heavitree, and Acting-Sergt. Pike, and the injured man was removed in the St. John ambulance two the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He was made an in-patient, and Dr. Mules did everything possible to assist recovery, but he did not recover consciousness until late at night. Yesterday his condition showed marked improvement.
Western Times - Monday 16 February 1920



Just after 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon a lad, named John Curtis, of South-street, was cycling along South-street, towards Coombe-street, when his machine skidded. A horse and cart were passing at the time, and on putting out his hand to save himself from a nasty fall, the lad thrust it under one of the wheels the cart, which passed over it. He was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where it was found that a bad bruise had been sustained, but no other hurt.
Albert J. Sampson, of Heavitree, was alighting from a tramcar At Livery Dole, Saturday evening, when he fell on the granite setts of the roadway, and was rendered unconscious. First aid was given by Mrs. H. Cudmore, of North-street, Heavitree, and Acting-Sergt. Pike, of the Exeter Police Force. A motor ambulance was fetched, and the man was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in charge of Sergt. Arnold, of the St John Ambulance Brigade. He was found to have sustained concussion.
While in the Lower Market Saturday evening, Percy Hill, of 3, Tremlett's Cottages, Exe-street, had an epileptic fit. Acting-Sergt-Hurford, of the Exeter Police, rendered first aid, and the man was taken to his home by a friend.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 16 February 1920

Will Avoid Exeter in Future

Allen Amor, 67, London-road. Derby, was summoned at the Exeter Police Court yesterday, for not having two side lights attached to his motor car on February 6th.— Mr. A. Martin Alford, who represented the defendant, pleaded guilty, but said defendant was not aware he was not complying with the order, and hoped the Bench would not endorse the licence. Defendant had been driving all over the country, but said he would not come to Exeter again.—The Chief Constable (Mr A. F. Nicholson) said the Exeter police were very lenient in respect of charges, and last year cautioned over 400 people—The Bench imposed a fine of 10s.
Western Times - Wednesday 18 February 1920


High Street Incident Leads to Police Court Case

At the Exeter Police Court yesterday, Ben Causley, 37, Victor-street, Heavitree, was summoned for negligently driving a motor car in High-street, on February 7th. Mr. Norman G. Lake, who appeared for defendant, pleaded not guilty.—The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) said defendant was driving a motor car from Bedford-street into High-street, took a wide swerve, and collided with a tramcar, which was derailed. —Edward Duke, of Kennford, who was riding in the tramcar, said he saw the motor car approaching from Bedford-street at a high speed. The driver of the car did not apply his brake until was nearly up to the tram.—Henry Dark, of 4, Haldon-view, said he was standing outside the Devon and Somerset Stores, and saw some people standing at the corner, outside the Bank. In order to avoid these people, the driver had to take a wide sweep.—The driver of the tram, George Luxton, said he attributed the cause of the collision to the speed of the motor car. The motor car collided with the front of the tram, and the right front wheel was completely smashed.—P.C. Stone told Bench that the defendant said his car was stationary when the impact with the tramcar took place.—Mr. Norman J. Lake said there was no negligence in this case to justify a conviction, as defendant was bound to take wide sweep in order to avoid collision with the people.—Defendant said he was driving up Bedford-street at walking pace, and as there were some people standing on the corner of the Bank he immediately sounded his horn. The people did not get out the way, and in order to avoid them he was obliged to take a wider sweep than he would ordinarily have done.—After considering the matter very carefully, the Bench decided to dismiss the case on payment of costs.
Western Times - Wednesday 18 February 1920

Alleged Theft From Officers' Mess Topsham Barracks

Clifford Jolly, 27, a gunner in the R.G.A.. stationed at Barracks. Exeter, was yesterday remanded for a week by the City Bench. He was charged with stealing 24 fish knives. the property of Arthur B. Norman.
The Chief Constable said the defendant was employed at the Officers' Mess, from Whence a number of articles had been missed. It was discovered that they had been sent to London, and the police asked for time to make enquiries.
Western Times - Saturday 21 February 1920


Errand Boy Sent to Reformatory Ship for Stealing

Three boys, whose ages ranged from 8 to 10 years, appeared at Exeter Juvenile Court yesterday, to answer a summons of doing wilful damage to trees and shrubs in York-road Pleasure Grounds, on the 12th February. The offence was admitted. Mr. Pocknell, resident part owner of the grounds, said they were private, and the boys had no business there, but they jumped over the railings. There had been an enormous amount of damage done in the past. He did not press for punishment, but simply brought the boys forward as a warning to others. He estimated the damage at 2s 6d.—The father of the eldest boy explained that a short time ago the gardener at the grounds asked the boys to enter to pick up twigs for a bonfire, which he had made. Since then they naturally entered again.—Mr. Pocknell said the boys were thrashing the trees with sticks, broom stick being also brought into use. Defendants were ordered pay the costs.
A boy, whose 14th birthday was celebrated on Sunday, was summoned for stealing a tin of greengages valued 2s., the property of Mr. Edwards, grocer, High-street, where he had been employed for the past fortnight. Defendant, pleaded guilty. Chocolates and biscuits had also been missed, and admitted having one bar of chocolate and a few biscuits. He had been before the Court once, in August. 1918, for stealing.—He was sent to a reformatory ship until the age of 19, his father to contribute 5s a week towards his maintenance.
Western Times - Tuesday 24 February 1920

Giraffe Bids Exonian a Fond Farewell. Giraffe in transitThe new exhibits will be on view at the Royal Albert Memorial and everybody, and especially the younger folk, will flock to see the stuffed elephant, giraffe, and other big and strange creatures. The tall, long-necked giraffe will be particularly interesting. It is so high that the skylights will have to be raised to make room for it. In the above photo, sent home from Senegal, West Africa, will be seen a real live giraffe. It is now on its way across the seas to the World's Zoological Gardens. The photo comes from Mr. G. Perriam, youngest son of Mr. C. E. Perriam, of 46, Cowick-street, Exeter. Mr. Perriam. junr., is a shipping agent at Dakar for the Elder Dempster Company. In the picture the good old giraffe is having one last longing look at Mr. Perriam before embarking on its new adventure.
Western Times - Friday 27 February 1920


January 1920

Flooding at Exeter

Flooding at ExeterExeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 13 January 1920


January 1920


About six o'clock last evening a horse attached to a cab belonging to Mr. E. J. Henson, of St. Thomas, Exeter, bolted from the rank at St. David's Station. Galloping the full length of Bonhav-road, it safely negotiated corner of Bridge-street—having knocked down P.C. Newman, who attempted to stop it—and went over the Bridge and through Cowick-street, being finally stopped on Dunsford-hill.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 02 January 1920

Late News

George Weslake, of Cowick-street, St. Thomas, was on Wednesday reported by the Exeter Police as missing, returned to his home yesterday.
Up to last evening no tidings had been received by the Exeter Police of the Newton College boy, Bryan Murphy, who disappeared at Exeter on his way homo for the Christmas holidays.
We have been desired by the secretary of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital to inform the public that the daily hour for patients attending with recommends has been altered to 2 p.m. (Saturdays p.m.), from the 1st January.
Western Times - Friday 02 January 1920

Youth in Trouble at Exeter

A youth of about 13, named George Vernon, described as a farm labourer, of the Blue Boy Lodging House, Exeter, was, at Exeter Police Court, yesterday, remanded for a week on a charge of stealing, on December 31st, from 26. Stepcote Hill, two metal watches, valued 10s the property of Thomas Griffin. The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) said the accused had offered to show the police where the watches were. He was also wanted by the County Police, who would arrest him at once if released on bail, Western Times - Saturday 03 January 1920

Accidents in Exeter

Shortly before noon yesterday a live electric overhead wire of the tramway service at the top of Paris-street broke, but fortunately remained suspended at a height which obviated danger to traffic. The tramway officials were promptly notified, and within ten minutes the matter was righted, and the service resumed. A collision between an unladen steam motor wagon and standard gas lamp in Topsham-road, at one o'clock yesterday, proved bad for both. The lamp was bowled over, and the motor vehicle slightly damaged. The latter, curiously enough, was the property the Exeter Gas Company, and was being driven by Edward Callard who, happily, escaped injury. The accident was caused by the wagon skidding. At about three o'clock yesterday, a man named Richard Green, of 29, Fore-street Heavitree, fell down in an epileptic fit in Eaton-place, cutting his chin. P.C. Carpenter rendered assistance, and conveyed the man to the Devon and Exeter Hospital, where Dr. Mills inserted two stitches in the wound. Green was afterwards able to proceed to his home. Western Times - Saturday 10 January 1920

Soldier Stowaway at Exeter

At the Exeter Police Court yesterday, before Mr. George White (Chairman), Mr. H. J. Munro, and Mr. A. T. Loram, a private of the 2nd Leinsters at Colchester, named William de Vine, was charged with travelling on the G.W.R. between Plymouth and Exeter on the 10th without having paid his fare. He was also charged with being an absentee from his regiment without leave. It was stated that he went London from Colchester, and proceeded to Plymouth in as a stowaway. At Plymouth he took the train with the object, of reaching Liverpool. Defendant was fined 20s, and ordered to detained pending the arrival of an escort.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 January 1920



To the Editor of the Daily Gazette.
Sir, —The increasing congestion of traffic in High-street seems to call for a re-organisation of the traffic arrangements for Exeter generally. It will, I think, be conceded that the object of the tramways is to carry people to and from the business centre of the city. I, therefore, make the following suggestions, in the hope that influential members of the community will take the matter Up:—
1 That no trams should run in Highstreet between the London Inn Square and South-street corner (except, of course, when going to and coming from the Depot). That the tram journeys be as follows: 

(a) Pinhoe-road to High-street end of Sidwell-street; 

(b) Heavitree to High-street end of Paris-street; 

(c) Queen-street to St. David's Station as now;

(d) Top of South-street to Alphington-road terminus, and to Dunsford-Hill.
2 The tram line on St. David's-hill to be made single, so as to give more room for other traffic.
3 No motor lorries or pantechnicons to be allowed to pass up or down High-street between South-street and the London Inn Square between the hours 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., unless actually proceeding to a place of business in that area.
4 That a motor 'bus service be instituted run in connexion with the tram termini, and elsewhere where necessary, the vehicles be light single tier busses, carrying about 20 persons. 

The suggested routes are:

(a) Pennsylvania-hill to the London Inn Square;

(b) Countess Wear, via St. Leonards-road, to Bedford Circus; 

(c) Exe Bridge to St. David's Station, via Bonhay-road;

(d) Pinhoe to the tram terminus; 

(e) Alphington to the tram terminus; 

(f) Exminster to the tram terminus at Alphington-road, or in connexion with Countess Wear; 

(g) Cowley Bridge to Buller's Statue. 

A private Company might found to run the motor 'bus service on contract, while the stopping of the trams running High-street would effect a considerable saving: in and also greatly relieve the congestion. 

Yours truly.


Exeter, January 10th. 1920.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 13 January 1920

Child's, Body Found in the River

The Exeter Coroner (Mr. W. Linford Brown) held an inquest at the Court House Friday relative to the death of the unknown infant whose body was found in the river near the Sewage Works on Wednesday. Evidence was given by James Albert Westcott, labourer, employed at the Sewage Works, to the effect that the body was found about ten yards from the end the withy bed. It was about two feet from the bank, in about six inches of water, and covered with mud. The river was in flood about ten days ago. Harry Woodhall, Quay-lane, said while walking through Weir-fields on the 7th inst, his little boy called his attention to something in the water. He saw it was the body of a child, which was nude. He communicated with the last witness. Mr. Pereira Gray, police surgeon, who examined the body, said it was a fully developed child, weighing 61bs. 9½ozs. The lungs floated freely in water. On Thursday, with the assistance Mr. C. E. Bell, he made a further examination, opening the skull, discolouration of the bone was seen; there was a clot blood in one part the brain, and a fracture of the occipital bone. The child was born alive, and he considered the cause of death was fracture of the bone of the skull. Witness's opinion was that in being thrown into the river the child's head came into contact with something before it reached the water, and was killed as the result a fracture the skull. Mr. C. E. Bell, surgeon, said all the internal organs were healthy. At the back of the scalp there was a reddish mark. On removing the scalp he found blood directly under the spot. Then he opened the boney skull, and found blood on the surface the brain and fairly large blood clot between the two lobes of the brain. On dissecting the latter, a lateral fracture 2½ inches long was found on the occipital bone. There had undoubtedly been a separate existence. The death was hemorrhage on the brain, the result of the fracture. In answer to a juryman, witness said it was impossible to say how long the child had lived. It was a curious place where the blow was found, and the fracture might have been caused by a direct blow, or in the way Dr. Periera Gray had suggested. The child must have lived after the blow. The inquest was adjourned till February 5th, to enable the police enquiries to be pursued.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 January 1920


Lowest Wage in England Paid in the City

In the “Express and Echo'' on Monday a curious announcement appeared, and on making enquiries we have discovered that it is the outcome another strike in Exeter, The advertisement was as follows:—
HISTORY OF EXETER.-Wanted. First class WOOD and STONE CARVERS. to work on Memorials two the Glorious Dead, at the lowest wage in England.—Apply, by letter only. “42571.” Express and Echo Office Exeter.
According to the secretary of the Strike Committee, Exeter has always been a badly paid area for skilled wood and stone carvers, the City being graded fourth-rate the wage scale. Messrs Dart and Francis, Crediton, declared, were the most generous employers, paying 1s 8d per hour, threepence per hour more than the Exeter firms. The standard rate at Barnstaple is 1s 9d per hour, and as this wage prevails in all towns of similar size in the country, the carvers contend that they are justified in demanding the scale at Exeter. They claim that the justice of their demand is strengthened by the fact that a great deal of their work is sold in towns where much higher wages are paid, thus placing the Exeter firms who transact the business in an unfair position compared with their competitors who pay a higher rate. Negotiation have been in progress for six weeks, the individual employers refusing to concede any advance. It was first agreed to strike on January 3rd but the men decided to work for another week. Saturday another flat refusal being given, they decided to cease work. As far as can be gathered, there are as yet no signs of any attempt at a settlement. Altogether there are 26 men out of an available 39 on strike. These are made up as follows: Messrs. Dart and Francis (Crediton) 5; Messrs. Harry Hems and Son (Exeter), 5; Mr. Herbert Read. 2; Messrs. Wippell and Co., 14.
 Messrs. Wippell's employees belong to the Carpenters' and Joiners' Union, and all the others to the National Furnishing Trades' Union. Both Unions are stated to supporting the strike. The employers are stated not be federated, which will probably make a settlement difficult
Western Times - Wednesday 14 January 1920

Exeter Plumbers DOWN TOOLS.


Members of the Exeter branch of the Operative Plumbers' and Domestic Engineers' Association came out on strike on Saturday. As reported Saturday's "Gazette," the situation was blacker than in some quarters, and the "down tools" action on Saturday morning did not come as a surprise to those connected with the trade. Some time ago the various employers in the building and allied trades of the country were graded, and Exeter was placed in a low grade—Grade D to be precise. The plumbers however, were already in receipt, of 1s 4½ d per hour, which was above the rate for the Grade. Consequently, under the area agreement, they were placed in a higher grade, and became entitled 1s 6d. The agreement was signed by representatives of the employers and employees in the section concerned, but Operative Plumbers' Society of Exeter repudiated the agreement. Members not only assert that they were not consulted before the agreement was signed, but contend that,, at the time of the conference, the employers were not members of the Association. The Secretary of the men’s Association told a "Gazette" representative on Saturday afternoon, that the men on strike numbered about forty. They were sorry to have to down tools, and had tried to come to terms. The men had consented to accept the area agreement as a temporary measure, but his was refused by the employers. Now the men were out for 1s 7½d per hour. The Secretary added that he was in communication with the Area Board at Bristol, but up to Saturday no definite reply had been received."
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 19 January


Mutilated Body Found on the Railway Line


A shocking tragedy was reported from Alphington on Saturday, when the body of a middle-aged man. who had evidently been knocked down a train, was found on the Great Western Railway near Marsh Barton. It was removed under the direction F.S. Bambury of the Alphington institute, and the Coroner was communicated with. The body was subsequently identified as that of Mr. Frank Cross, aged 55, tailor, of 35. East Grove-road, Exeter, and an employee of Messrs. J. and G. Ross, tailors, of High-street, where he had worked for upwards of twenty years. It is stated that he had suffered from pains in the head, and had been greatly depressed for a considerable time. Occasionally during fits of depression he had stayed home, but Friday he was at work, and left to go home about seven o'clock in the evening. Shortly afterwards he went out, stating that he intended to take a walk. He never returned. As the night advanced, and there was sign of him, his friends gave information to the police, and his description was circulated. Nothing further was heard about him until his body was picked up on the railway on Saturday. On him was found a pocket book containing his name and address. Mr. Cross was an exceptionally steady man, and much sympathy will be extended to the widow and family. It probable that the inquest will be held to-day.
Western Times - Monday 19 January 1920

House Hunting in Exeter

The terrible experiences at house hunting in Exeter were related to the Exeter City Bench yesterday, when a settlement was arrived at in case which Mr. S Ernest Crosse and Mr. M. J. McGahey represented the parties. McGahey said the magistrates had probably seen Wednesday's "E. and E." the case an ex-Soldier who, for over nine months, had tried in vain find a house in the City. His client, had been in a similar position. Since the last hearing of the case he had been to enquire about every house he had seen let or had heard rumoured to let. It was always the same tale. The owners did not really want to let, but to sell. He produced a big list of houses he had been to see, he put on the table a thick bundle of advertisements which had been inserted in the local newspapers, and assured the Bench that no advertisement of a house to let in Exeter had gone uninquired into by his client. Yet all his efforts were of no avail, and, he was, today, no nearer to getting a house than he had ever been.
Western Times - Friday 23 January 1920

Church Army Work to be Filmed at Exeter Theatre

It will remembered that when in September last the films showing the work of the Church Army for our soldiers home and abroad were put on the screen at Exeter Theatre the house packed. Those who missed the opportunity then will be glad know that the pictures are be again shown at a matinee at the Theatre on Saturday. The film, which is 4,000 feet, depicts not only the work in its varied aspects done by the Church Army at home and abroad during the war, but that which still being done among the soldiers who form our Army of Occupation on the Rhine and along the lines of communication, and also what is being done at home for the training of ex-Service men and their children. The Rev. D. G. Samuel, late of the C.F., 59th Division, will explain the pictures, and the Archdeacon of Exeter will preside, and a collection will be made for the Church Army Centres. The Church Army has recently purchased the Gold Fish, Chateau at Ypres for use as a hostel for the accommodation of persons visiting the graves of their deceased's soldier relatives who are buried in that sector. It intended to erect a memorial chapel there shortly. Another valuable work being done by the Church assisting people who are too to pay their own expenses to visit the graves of their relatives in the battle area.
Western Times - Friday 23 January 1920

Kut Prisoner Bivouacs at Exeter

James Endicott snores. To that fact his arrest for wandering abroad without visible means of support is attributable. At night P.C. J. Greet was walking along Bonhay-road when he heard strange sounds beneath a threshing machine in Messrs. Norrington's implement yard. On making investigations he discovered Endicott deep in slumber, but with no money in his pocket. Endicott told the Exeter City Bench yesterday that he was taken prisoner war at Kut, and had only been home from India for six days. He got drunk, and did not know what happened. He belonged to Exeter, and served in “S” Battery. R.H.A. Prisoner was discharged.
Western Times - Thursday 29 January 1920

Exeter Motorist's Dilemma

Frederick Smale, Loma Loma, Heavitree-road, Exeter, according Mr. A. J. Tucker, who appeared for him the City Court yesterday, was between, the devil and the deep blue sea. He went for a motor ride after a long illness, and when on the road his side lights went out. He was breaking the law equally going on or by going back to get more candles, so he went on, and yesterday had to pay 30s for driving without lights.—Redvers Robert Martin, of Honiton, was fined 5s for riding without a rear light.
Western Times - Friday 30 January 1920

Cinematograph Service in an Exeter Church

On Sunday, under the auspices of the Old Boys, Southernhay Association, a somewhat daring experiment was tried with great success at the Southernhay Wesleyan Church, when a cinematograph service was held. In the gallery an iron cinematograph box was fixed, and from it were projected some beautiful specimens of animated colour photography. With lights extinguished the congregation heartily joined in the singing of appropriate hymns thrown on the screen. The lesson dealt with the slaying of Goliath by David, and the film which followed illustrated this incident. Then the Rev. Arnaud Scott delivered a short address pointing the lesson that with Divine Aid the apparently weak could accomplish great things. The second film depicted scenes in the life of Christ. The experiment was highly successful. Western Times - Friday 30 January 1920 Exeter's Rats.


In the course of his report to the Market and General Purposes Committee of the Exeter City Council on the results of the "rat week," held from December 29th to January 3rd, Mr. A. Bonham (Sanitary Inspector) says that a striking feature was that 72 of the 344 applications for baits were from householders in the poorest quarters of the city. The other applications included hotel and restaurant keepers, 17 farmers and gardeners, butchers and meat stores, 4 offensive trades, 9 grocers, and 4 Council departments. Only in 81 instances have the returns asked for from applicants been, made. Mr. Bonham estimates that, owing to the effectiveness of the bait, 50 per cent of the baits taken should be the estimated number of rats destroyed, which would work out at 12,500. The following are samples of the general results, judging from the replies received : —" Since using the bait have neither seen nor heard any more rats"; “No sign of rats or mice since the bait was taken "; "Rats all gone" ; "Several mice found dead," etc. In future, unless otherwise instructed, Mr. Bonham proposes to serve notices upon all persons who own or occupy rat-infested premises, requiring compliance with the Rats and Mice Destruction Act, 1919, and to issue poison bait and supervise its use upon payment by the persons concerned of all expenses incurred.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 31 January 1920

Exeter Carvers' Demands: A Settlement

We are officially informed that the dispute of the Exeter Carvers' Society has been satisfactorily settled on the basis of 1s 9d per hour. Details have been submitted to arbitration to be held at the Chamber of Commerce next Thursday. The chief matter to go before the arbitrator is when the 1s 9d shall become operative. The employers offered 1s 7d now and 2d increase on May 1st, but the men are claiming 1s 8d now and one penny increase on March 1st.
Western Times - Saturday 31 January 1920

Flooding at Exeter Flooding at ExeterExeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 13 January 1920


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