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Exeter Videos, Historic Film and Sound Recordings

Latest update 22nd February 2017

Sound Tracks

The Sound of the Gaumont's Wurlitzer organ 2013 Now in the Burtey Fen Collection, it is played by Nicholas Martin.

Paul Simon's 'Northern Line' 1965 Sound recording of Paul Simon playing at the folk club in a barn at Newhayes House in Cowick Lane.

City of a Thousand Dreams. A sound recording by Gary Kane and the Tornadoes.

The Gaumont British Saturday Morning song. 56 seconds.

The ABC Minors song. 39 seconds.

Frank Gillard's broadcast after the Exeter blitz, May 1942. 3 mins 3 seconds.

A peal of bells rung at St David's Church, a hundred years after W G Hoskins' father, rang the tenor bell to a peal in this method at St David's for the first time, a month after Hoskins' birth. 50 seconds.

Latest film added 24th November 2013

This page contains all the videos that can be found on this site, earliest first, followed by a selection of 360° Panoramas.
All videos are iPad compliant and should work in all popular browsers.

1900s

Historic postcards slideshow of Exeter

1920s

1920s Exeter part 1 Filmed around about 1925 by Frank Turner, this film shows the High Street with trams, Queen Street Station and trains, Northernhay Park, Cathedral Yard and the army training at Topsham Barracks. Courtesy of Michael Turner.

1920s Exeter part 2 A second reel of 9.5mm film from Frank Turner. This film shows traffic on Topsham Road, the river and weirs, the Exeter Regatta, the cattle market at Bonhay and a sporting event at the County Ground. Courtesy of Michael Turner.

1930s

Exeter City V Norwich City 1930 Filmed by Leslie Hancocks on a hand cranked 9.5mm camera, this rare footage shows a match against Norwich. Courtesy Ian Hancocks.

Devon Air Day at Haldon Aerodrome - Filmed in June 1930 by Leslie Hancocks, this rare film of Exeter's first airport is full of action. Courtesy of Ian Hancocks.

A Bus Tries to go Under a Low Bridge - Filmed by Leslie Hancocks in July 1934 on 9.5mm film. Courtesy of Ian Hancocks.

Standfield & White 1932 16mm film of two works outings to North Devon on Greenslade's coaches, and the mechanics working in the garage. Film courtesy of the Rev. C T Pidsley.

Garton and King 1935 16mm film shows the foundry, Waterbeer and Goldsmith Street, and the Police Station. Courtesy of Richard Holladay.

1940s

HMS Exeter returns from the Battle of the River Plate 1940

Exeter Blitz - Cathedral and Churches 1942 Film of the damage to the Cathedral and churches in 1942. Film courtesy of the Dartington Hall Trust and the South West Film and Television Archive.

Exeter Blitz - Damage in the City 1942 Film of the blitz damage to the City and work on clearing the damage in 1942. Film courtesy of the Dartington Hall Trust and the South West Film and Television Archive.

Exeter Blitz - the City recovers 1942 Film of Exeter recovering from the blitz, and informing the public. Film courtesy of the Dartington Hall Trust and the South West Film and Television Archive.

Exeter Blitz - Bury Meadow and Heles School 1942 Film of the women and children feeding station at Bury Meadow and the Information Centre at Heles School. Film courtesy of the Dartington Hall Trust and the South West Film and Television Archive.

The Olympic Torch in Exeter 1948 Film of the Olympic torch carried along the High Street on the way to Torquay for the Yachting events. Film courtesy of the Westcountry Studies Library and the South West Film and Television Archive.

1950s

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Exeter Cathedral in 1950 BBC film showing masons repairing the fabric and carving replacement parts.

A tour of Exeter in 1958 W F Lovell filmed around Exeter and the quay and canal in 1958.

Topsham in 1958 W F Lovell filmed Topsham in 1958.

Exeter Air Day 1958 W F Lovell filmed two V Bombers, a B29 and Mosquito towing a target at the air day in 1958.

Mayoralty of Charles Woodland 1959 Standard 8 film of the Mayoralty of Charles Woodland, showing some of his public duties. Film courtesy of Robert Morgan.

1960s

October floods aftermath 1960 BBC film showing damage in St Thomas including Emmanuel Church.

Around about Willeys Foundry W F Lovel filmed the streets around Willeys Foundry in 1962.

The House that Moved 1961 BBC report showing the house moving on its rails.

The Beatles Interview 1964 BBC News report from Plymouth.

The Secrets - an Exeter pop group Filmed by their manager in Exeter on 8mm film - a great nostalgia trip for those who remember them.

The flood channel works 1964 BBC film showing the start of building the flood prevention system.

Scouts and Guides Parade Lots of faces from 1965 - are you there? Filmed by Bett Eveleigh

Exeter in 1966 Standard 8 film of the city during the summer of 1966.

Exeter Buses in the 1960s Film of a variety of Exeter buses around the city during the 1960s. Kindly supplied by Dave Spencer of PMPVideo

Walking on Ice A short film by Tony Melhuish made during the 1962/3 winter when the Exe froze over.

City of a Thousand Dreams A sound recording by Gary Kane and the Tornadoes. I think this recording is from a later date.Permssion for use by John Greenslade.

Building the Northern Exe Bridge 1967/70 Filmed by Peter Werran on 8mm colour film.
In remembrance of Peter Werran who died on 23rd November 2007.

1970s

Streets Ahead - This colour BFI film from 1970 features, in the first half, the redevelopment of Newtown. Many locals feature in the film. New

Opening the Northern Exe Bridge 1970 Filmed by Peter Werran on 8mm colour film with narration.
In remembrance of Peter Werran who died on 23rd November 2007.

Demolishing St Thomas 1970 Filmed by Peter Werran on 8mm colour film with added narration.
In remembrance of Peter Werran who died on 23rd November 2007.

Exeter's Air Day 1970 Filmed by Peter Werran on 8mm colour film at the Exeter Air Day.
Includes footage of the last flying Lancaster and added sound.
In remembrance of Peter Werran who died on 23rd November 2007.

Filming the Onedin Line in 1971 W F Lovell used his 8mm camera to film the filming of the Onedin Line on the quay in 1971.

Red Arrows at Exeter's Air Day Standard 8 film of the Red Arrows at Exeter Air Day, early 1970s. Shot by an unknown film maker, the sequence is impressively good considering the basic equipment.

Monty Python in Cowick Street 1974 YouTube Python sketch with several shots taken in Exeter including Cowick Street, Southernhay and a field next to the airport.

Monty Python postbox sketch 1974 YouTube Python sketch shot in Higher Kings Avenue

1980s

Princess Diana visits Exeter 1986 Princess Diana visited Exeter to open the Riverside Leisure Centre and watch the 150th Anniversary Parade of the fire, ambulance and police services in the city. This film shows her on a walkabout in the High Street.

Police, Fire and Ambulance 150th Anniversary Parade 1986

1990s

Inauguration of the open-topped Red Bus Tour 1993 The Mayor, Yolanda Henson inaugurates the Red Bus Tour of Exeter run by Richard Holladay.

2000s

Pub Signs of Exeter 2005 Existing, and now lost, pub signs.

The Exeter Phoenix Rises 2005 The bird rises at the Phoenix Centre.

Exeter Falcons - the Last Meeting 2005 Video of the last meeting at the County Ground of the Exeter Falcons on October 2005, before the county Ground was demolished. See their new site Falcons

Butts Ferry 2005 Butt's Ferry is one of only two floating bridge ferries still working in Europe.

The Last (but one) Parade of the Devon and Dorset Regiment 2006

Eastgate from Debenhams Timelapse 2007 The fall and rise of the Eastgate building, now Next

Cricklepit Mill working - July 2008 The interior of the mill when the wheel is turning.

Exeter City are promoted 2008 Short video of the players arriving at the Guildhall to meet the Lord Mayor, cheered by ecstatic fans.

Lammas Fair 2008 The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Paul Smith proclaims the ancient Lammas Fair open at the Guildhall.

Exeter City are promoted 2009 Short video of the players arriving at the Guildhall to meet the Lord Mayor, cheered by ecstatic fans

2010s

Inside the St Mary Steps Church clock The mechanism working the figures on the clock.

Tucker's Hall working Fulling Stocks A very short sequence showing the half size stocks in motion.

 

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