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Western Times


December 1921

Property Sale at Exeter

“Gerston House," an attractive corner residence. 26. Pennsylvania-road, Exeter, was sold to Mr. E. H. Fowler. 38, Baigstock-road, Thornton Heath, for £865, by Messrs. Callaway and Co. at the Globe Hotel Exeter, yesterday. Nos. 21 and 22. Magdalen-street, and 1, 2 and 3, St. Mary's Place, Exeter, were withdrawn, but a block of six tenement houses, Nos. 21. 23 and 24, Quay Lane and 6 and 7, Horse Lane, were sold to Mr. F. G. Jones. Exeter, for Messrs. Macintosh, Thomas and Co., Cardiff were the solicitors concerned in “Gerston House" and Messrs Crosse, Wyatt and Vellacott for the remaining properties.
Western Times - Saturday 03 December 1921


“Exeter magistrates yesterday granted an application on behalf of the Royal Clarence Hotel for an extension from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., for the purpose of serving drink with suppers. It was the first application of its kind in the city.
Western Morning News - Saturday 10 December 1921


“The premier place in next week's bill at Exeter Hippodrome is occupied by the Three Guarella Brothers, reputed to be Australia's greatest musical trio. Lovers of music, should not miss the chance to hearing the harmony they discourse with harps and violins. This is their first appearance in the "Ever Faithful," and the turn has been secured at great cost. Two other new turns will be Ambrose Barker and Peggy Wynne in “Song Impressions.” They are talented artistes and will be sure to please. Supporting these turns are Lilian French the comedienne with a voice; Paul Freeman, the king of cards, Jock Harris, the Scottish entertainer, with his concertina and Alec Keith and Company in a rousing farce, entitled “Off For a Holiday.” There will the usual pictures on the bioscope.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 10 December 1921

Accidents at Exeter

“Three accidents, tattributed to the greasy state of the roads, occurred at Exeter on Saturday afternoon. Thomas Pugh, Brookfield-terrace, Underwood, Plympton, was driving a motor-car down Fore-street, Exeter, and when near Mary Arches-street James Barnes, eight years of age, ran across the road driving a hoop, and was knocked down by the car. Barnes was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and detained, suffering from a slight scalp wound.
A Great Western Railway motor lorry, while proceeding down the High-street, on Saturday, skidded owing to the slippery state of the road, and collided with a perambulator. The occupant of the latter, Frank Milton, aged ten months was slightly injured.
Henry George Stuckey, of Ottery St. Mary, was on Saturday driving a motor cycle up Fore-street, Heavitree with his wife seated on the pillion. Near the Congregational Church the motor-cycle side-slipped owing to the greasy nature the road. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stuckey were thrown. Mr. Stuckev received a bad wound on the knee. P.C. Charles Reed rendered first aid, and accompanied the injured motorist to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, and after examination by Dr. Hepwell. He was allowed to proceed to his home. Mrs. Stockey escaped uninjured. The cycle was slightly damaged.
Western Times - Monday 12 December 1921

Fire Exeter Exeter

“Exeter Fire Brigade, between one and two o'clock yesterday afternoon, recieved a call to Commercial-road, there being an outbreak at the Improvement Cottages, occupied by Mrs. Maria Spiller, widow. Through a defect of the furnace flue in the kitchen, some woodwork built into it became ignited, and the fire spread to some match boardings and cupboard. Damage to the extent was done before the fire was put out.
Western Times - Friday 16 December 1921


“Before Messrs. J. Stocker (in the chair), J. D. Harris, H. B. Varwell. and E. C. Perry, at Exeter Police-court, yesterday, Amy Barbara Tremaine, 29, Mount Pleasant-road, was summoned for being in possession of a revolver without a certificate. Chief- Inspector Martin said everybody in possession of a rifle or revolver must make an application to the Chief-Constable for a certificate to keep it. Mr. S. Ernest Crosse, for the defendant, said the revolver was given to his client when she was 16 years of age for theatrical purposes. It was kept in a box, and Mrs. Tremaine has not seen it for years. How the police knew it was in the house was difficult to understand except for one reason. The Bench dismissed the case on payment of costs.
A charge against Arthur Tanner Tremaine, 29, Mount Pleasant-road. Exeter, an insurance broker, for stealing £23, the moneys of Wilfrid Jas. Paull, was again mentioned, On the application of Mr. Templeman and Mr. S. Ernest Crosse, the case was adjourned for a further week.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 17 December 1921

“Deceased Who Heard Sound of Guns in France

An inquest was held at the Court House, Exeter, yesterday, by the City Coroner (Mr, Linford Brown), touching the death of Fred Trounson, 45, 15, Culverland-road Exeter, who was found dead in the basement of the kitchen of his home on Tuesday with his throat cut.
Mr. A. E. Trounson, Assistant Sanitary Inspector, of 8, St. Leonards-road, identified the body that of his brother, whom he last saw about three weeks ago. He said he had constantly heard his brother talking of the horrors he had seen in France, and his ' sister, Miss A. Trounson, said he had done no work for twelve months. He would talk of the sights he had seen in France, and say that could still hear the sound of the guns in his ears. On Tuesday about eight o'clock she went into the kitchen and found her brother lying in a pool of blood. She immediately informed the police. P.C. Strawbridge said he found deceased a large pool of blood quite dead and cold. In his hand was an open razor, the blade of which had been tied with string to keep it from moving. The razor case was in deceased’s, pocket. Dr. Pereira Gray said the cut in the throat had severed the windpipe. In his opinion the wound was self-inflicted, and that death resulted from shock. The Coroner returned a verdict "that deceased committed suicide while of unsound mind."
Western Times - Thursday 22 December 1921


“The body of Lottie Frost, aged about 26, who has been missing from Exminster since last Friday evening, was recovered yesterday afternoon from Exeter Canal opposite the lime kilns. It is stated that when deceased left her home she appeared to be distressed. An inquest will probably be held to-day.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 23 December 1921

Exeter's LUCKY 500.

“There are 500 families in Exeter today who are looking forward to tomorrow's great festival with lighter hearts than was the case a short while ago, when the prospects of a proper Christmas dinner were as uncertain as an accurate forecast of cup tie matches. Most of us, even in these times of financial stringency, are able to indulge in extra cheer on Christmas Day, and try to forget for the once, that anything mundane as rate-collectors, Income-tax demands, and quarterly bills exist. “It is a poor heart that never rejoices“ we say as our purses become lighter, and the little collection of Christmas extras becomes proportionately heavier. Unfortunately, the wave of unemployment, which we hope will ere long begin to recede, brings in its trail much misery and hardship some within our midst to-day. It is not question of providing extra fare for to-morrow, but one making the few shillings available to buy as much possible of the actual necessities of life. Thanks to the kindly thought of Messrs. Colson and Co., and their principal, Mr. Edgar S. Plummer, 500 of Exeter's poorest families will sit down tomorrow to an excellent Yuletide dinner. In the response to the offer to make 500 families happier on Christmas in such practical manner, the firm received about 800 applications for the dinner, nearly double the number of parcels available for distribution. It was with the deepest regret that Messrs Colson were unable to give dinners to all the applicants, but they appealed for gifts of extra rabbits, and, thanks to the generosity of several gentlemen, about more were received and these will be distributed after the fortunate families have secured their welcome, and one time unexpected, dinner.
The 500 puddings, each weighing 2½ !b, have been specially made by R. D. Western and Sons, of Bridge-street, Exeter, and each is contained in a basin and cloth ready for boiling. Messrs. White and Son, of Paris-street, have selected the rabbits, while the kiddies will be delighted with the confectionery and crackers obtained from Messrs. Freeths and a supply of which will be contained in the Christmas hamper. So that the ceremony of distribution shall be in keeping with the season, Mr. Plummer has arranged with "Father Christmas” to present the hamper at the Catherine-street entrance of Messrs. Colson’s premises at 2 o'clock this afternoon, and he will find the smiling representatives of 500 of Exeter's poorest families eagerly awaiting his arrival, for all know—at least the juveniles do —that Father Christmas has many appointments to keep. The premises are to be specially decorated in honour of the old gentleman's visit and his guests, while to enliven the wait until all readiness, the Salvation Army Band has kindly consented to play selections of Christmas music. Father Christmas will be assisted in his labour of love by members of Messrs. Colson's staff, all of whom are always eager to have a share in any good work. It is a really practical way that Messrs. Colson’s have once more taken to bring a little cheer into the drab lives of the poor, and one which will appreciated every member the 500 families into which the dinner will be received with open arms and sparkling eyes…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 24 December 1921


“On behalf of the Exeter Licensed Victuallers' Association, Mr. A. M. Alford applied, at Exeter, yesterday, before Messrs. H. Campion (in the chair') and G. Stokes, for permission for the public houses of Exeter to keep open to-day (Christmas Market Day) and to-morrow (Christmas Eve), for an extra two hours. Mr. Alford said the closing hours, in afternoons, as they stood, were from 3 to 5 on market days and 2 to 5 other week days. If the application were granted it would mean that all the houses could be kept open all day to-day, and an extra two hours tomorrow. The Bench granted the application for to-day, but refused that for Saturday.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 23 December 1921

Police Semaphore Misunderstood at Exeter

“At Exeter Police Court yesterday, John Hatfield, of Sunnyside, Velwell-road, Exeter, was fined £1 for driving to the danger of the public. A constable stated that on December 8th, he signalled for all traffic from Queen-street to High-street to stop, in order to allow a tram-car to pass. The defendant ignored his signal and drove into High-street in front of the tram. Had there been much traffic about there would have been an accident. Later, witness saw the defendant, who said he did not remember any signal being given to stop.
Replying to Chairman (Mr. H. B, Varwell). Mr. Hatfield said he thought the signal was for him to drive on.
Western Times - Saturday 24 December 1921

Thefts by Exeter Lads

“Three Exeter boys ages ranged from 13 to 16 years were summoned at Exeter Police Court yesterday morning with stealing a packet of milk chocolate valued 10d, the property of John Evans. Prosecutor informed the Court that he saw one of the defendants place his hand on the counter and remove the article concerned. The other two defendants ran away.—Two of the defendants were fined 5s each and the other 2s 6d.
A boy of nine years was sent to a reformatory (until he is 16), and another lad of similar age was fined 5s for stealing two mouth organs, valued at 1s 4d, the property of Oswarld Smith, whilst a boy of 16 years was ordered to pay 7s for receiving a mouth organ, the property of Oswald Smith, knowing it to be stolen.
Western Times - Wednesday 28 December 1921


“The Registrar-General reports that the annual rate in the 96 great towns of England and Wales last week averaged 14.6. The highest was Wakefield with 37, and the lowest Exeter. 5.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 30 December 1921


Mr. W. H. Weston has decided not stand as Labour candidate for Exeter at the next General Election. He has explained his position to the Exeter Labour Party, and his relations with that organisation remain cordial. He was adopted prospective labour candidate for Exeter in March, 1920. He is a member of the Plymouth Town Council and Devonport Board of Guardians. It is stated that the Exeter Party is negotiating with the object of finding a successer.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 31 December 1921

LONDON TO EXETER AND BACK. Winter run The annual winter run of the Motor Cycling Club, from London to Exater and back, finished Tuesday night. One of th 6 hardest tasKs of the run was Salcombe Hill, which beat not few of the competitors, though some of the lower-powered cycles negotiated it.
Western Morning News - Thursday 29 December 1921


November 1921


We are officially informed that Mr. A. E. Brock has consented to be nominated as Sheriff of Exeter for the ensuing year. Mr A. E. Brock,, who is a member of a well, known Exeter family, his father and grandfather both having taken a prominent part in the commercial and public life the city, represents Polsloe Ward on the City Council. He volunteered for service in the war, prior to which he had held a commission in the Artillery Volunteers. An enthusiastic athlete, he gained fame as a Rugby footballer, first as a member of the team of Exeter School where he was educated, and later as a member of the County fifteen. He played as forward for Devon on several occasions, and was one of the County team which won the Championship of all England by defeating Northumberland at Newcastle. He has taken keen interest in the welfare of young men, especially in connexion with the Boys' Brigade movement. Like his brother, Mr. W. Brock, he is a prominent worker in connexion with the Southernhay Wesleyan Chapel. He married a daughter of Mr. James Pulsford, who was formerly a member of the Exeter City Council.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 02 November 1921

Exeter Porter's Strange Movements

Harold Macdonald Hamlyn, 15, Clifton-street. Exeter, shop porter, was charged at Exeter City Police Court yesterday with being in an enclosed yard at St. Laurence's Home for Girls. 49. Polsloe-road, October 29th for an unlawful purpose.—The Chief Constable (Mr. A. P. Nicholson said the case was not yet ready, and he should like to apply for remand until Wednesday next, as it would be necessary to bring medical evidence, there being a doubt as to the prisoners mental condition.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 November 1921


Exeter Fire Brigade responded promptly to a call on Saturday night to a fire at 1, South Summerlands, occupied by Mirs. Chapman. Mrs. Chapman went out leaving a candle burning on the dresser. A passerby noticed flames issuing from a window. It appeared that the blind became ignited. The brigade speedily subdued the outbreak, and little damage was done.
Western Morning News - Tuesday 15 November 1921

The Mayor Convenes a Public Meeting

Representative citizens, including members of public authorities, have been invited by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Exeter to meet him at the Guildhall on Monday afternoon next to consider the taking further action for the relief of the most distressing eases among the city's unemployed.
In a circular containing the invitation, the Town Clerk, on behalf of his Worship, points out that the work provided by the City Council, with help of Government grants, was naturally limited in extent and insufficient to meet the situation.
There is, it is added, unfortunately every expectation the distress will continue through the winter months.
Western Times - Thursday 17 November 1921

The Mayor Convenes a Public Meeting

Representative citizens, including members of public authorities, have been invited by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Exeter to meet him at the Guildhall on Monday afternoon next to consider the taking the further action for the relief the most distressing cases among the city's unemployed.
In a circular containing the invitation, the Town Clerk, on behalf of his Worship, points out that the work provided by the City Council, with the help of Government grants, was naturally limited in extent and insufficient to meet the situation.
There is, it added, unfortunately the expectation that the distress will continue in the winter months.
Western Times - Thursday 17 November 1921

Exeter Telegraph Service

Commencing at midnight on the 26th inst. (Saturday-Sunday), the Exeter Post Telegraph will be closed from midnight 7 a.m., and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The nearest telegraph office from which telegrams can forwarded will the Exeter G.W. Railway Station Office, St. David’s.
Western Times - Friday 18 November 1921

The Suggested Lease of Undertaking

Exeter Tramways Committee report that they interviewed Mr. W. B. Cownie, Manager Director of the National Electric Construction Company, Ltd., and Mr. H. J. Nesbett, Manager of the Torquay Tramways Company Ltd., regard to the question of the sale or lease of the Tramway Undertaking, and further consideration was adjourned till the next meeting to admit of an amendment of the offer for a lease of the undertaking.
Western Times - Saturday 19 November 1921


Some time ago a case was heard at Exeter in which two persons were charged with misconduct. Evidence was given by two constables, who were not cross examined and no evidence was given for the defence. The Bench held the police were right in bringing it forward, but dismissed the defendants with caution. The Watch Committee considered the matter at a special meeting, and, after full consideration, the Committee expressed their belief and satisfaction that the evidence given by the two constables concerned in case was entirely truthful, and that the dismissal of the case by the Justices involves reflection upon them, and that they retained the confidence of the Committee as efficient, fair, and truthful officers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 November 1921

Chat With Mr. John Angel, the Sculptor

The Exeter War Memorial is now taking definite shape. It will not be ready for another year, but when it is finally brought to Exeter the citizens will agree that it will well worth the waiting for.
A day or two ago it was my privilege to visit the studio of the sculptor, Mr. John Angel, London, and to see him busy on this beautiful work of art, which will certainly make for him reputation that will at least reflect some glory on his native Exeter.
It is a fine thing that the City should have produced a man capable of doing a work of such importance. It will add to the value of the memorial that future generations shall be able to say to visitors, when describing the bronze, "and the sculptor was a native of Exeter." By that time the name of John Angel will be more widely known than it is to-day.
That is not my opinion. It is the view expressed by all qualified experts who have had opportunity of inspecting the figures as far as they have gone.
Readers are familiar with the scheme. On granite figure of Victory, and surrounding her are four other figures, somewhat smaller in size, representing the factors which won the war—the Army, the Navy, the part woman played in the war, and the patient buffering of our prisoners of war. Of these figures, those of Victory and the prisoner of war are now ready for the bronze founder. Small models of two of the others have been completed, and Mr. Angel is now working on the last model—that of the sailor.
Art cannot be hurried. If the best work is to be produced the artist must be allowed to take his time. In this case Mr. Angel is not turning out a “pot boiler," he is striving to produce something which will stand out as one of the finest pieces the country. There are those who assert that if he stopped now he has already achieved something which surpasses in beauty the previous best.
“I have finished the most difficult part of my task," said Mr. Angel. "Victory stands with her foot on the head of the dragon. Her right arm is uplifted holding the laurels of victory. In her left hand she holds the sword of war point downwards. I have tried to give the idea that she has just emerged from a great struggle."
And admirably he has done it. She is reaching upwards. On her face there is an expression of peaceful relief. The drapery on her right shoulder is torn and hanging down —evidence of the struggle from which she has emerged. The right foot is just leaving the ground, and the wind blowing her thin skirt revealing the beauty of her form. It is not just a lump of cold metal. The figure lives. She breathes the whole spirit of victory achieved after tremendous effort.
“The prisoner of war gave me a tremendous amount thought," said the artist. "I wanted to convey the idea of men in bondage and suffering all kinds of hardship, robbed of everything except heir courage. I wanted show them unbroken and indomitable. Bound, but not without hope of final victory. It was a difficult subject to deal with. There were soldiers and sailors, airmen and civilians. They were all prisoners of war, and they were all imbued with the same spirit. This one figure took me six months to produce. In the end I presented the prisoner as a nude male figure. He is seated with just a blanket thrown across his legs. His arms are chained to the rock, and the chains are not locked, but vetted his wrists. He is left without anything but his courage to carry him through."
One of the finest models in the world sat for this figure. Every muscle of well developed man is shown. His lips are clenched. There a look of defiance on a face of a remarkably strong type. His long hair is pushed back from his forehead, over which a wayward lock strays. It is the picture of a strong man bound, but still unbroken.
Womanhood was another subject which caused some anxiety. The model as now completed shows a nurse seated rolling a bandage. She has a remarkably restful pose and expression, and although she is in the uniform of a nurse she must be taken as typifying all that the women of Devon did with such devotion in so many spheres to win the victory.
The soldier is delightfully typical. He wears his "tin hat" at a characteristic angle. His gas mask hangs at the “alert" in front of his buttoned overcoat, just open at the throat and with collar upturned. He is seated with a small gun, over which is thrown his web equipment all in heap – just as "Tommy" always threw it down when his work was done. On his face there is an expression which is difficult to describe. It is sort of Mona Lisa set of features. He may be just about assume a look of severity, just about to break into a smile. You cannot well define it. The individual will have to form his own opinion as to what the soldier was really going to do.
"I was more than half inclined to put a partly smoked cigarette in his fingers," said the sculptor, "but, on second thoughts, I decided not to do so."
The last figure is the sailor. As this is no yet finished it may be better not discus too much in detail, for artists have little way of altering their minds at the last moment. According to Mr. Angel's present intention, however, the sailor will on the stern of a boat. One hand will be at the tiller and the other shading his eyes thus recording the ceaseless silent watch the Navy. He will be clothed in baggy trousers and tight jersey, and his feet will be bare. The completion of these three figures likely to take Mr. Angel and his assistants at least a year. Work of this sort can not be rushed, but if the best is wanted—and Exeter will satisfied with nothing but the best— the artist must not be hurried.
I have seen a very large number memorials, both in this country and on the Continent, and, as far as my opinion as a layman goes, I have no hesitation in saying that have seen nothing which will compare with the Exeter one. Mr. Angel has been good enough allow our photographer take views of the memorial figures, which we have pleasure in printing to-day.
Western Times - Friday 25 November 1921


A very attractive show has been arranged for next at week at the Exeter Hippodrome. The management has secured the world-famous Billy Reeves to head the bill. This popular comedian, who was a member of Fred Karno’s "Mumming Birds." will appear in a screaming absurdity, “The Right Key but the Wrong Flat," and will be assisted by Millie Douglas and Hal Whitby. This turn alone will be worth the admission charge, Chas, and Irene Vesty, "The athlete and the dancing girl," will present a unique novelty act, while Arthur Gilroy, England's premier whistler and entertainer, should be sure to please. Jack Delaney and Faith Dean will introduce their new comedy and torpsichorean speciality, while Jock Whiteford is a humorous Scot. For music lovers will Special attraction in the Royal Bartle Quartette, including Essie and Babs with their concertinas.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 26 November 1921


The Committee of the Exeter Soup Kitchen met at the Guildhall, yesterday, to consider the situation that has arisen owing to the necessity of procuring a new boiler before is possible re-open the kitchen in Lower Market. It was decided to leave the matter in the hands of the Sub-Committee, which will ascertain the cost of a new boiler and suggest to the full Committee means whereby the funds necessary for the purchase this essential may secured.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 29 November 1921

EXETER ANGLERS. Exeter anglers The anglers of Exeter fished patiently for the love of angling and the silver cup. Our photograph shows some of the rods at work in the favourite swim at the Point, Exwick.
Western Morning News - Monday 28 November 1921


October 1921


The Tramway Committee of the Exeter City Council report that they have further considered the question of the sale or lease of the tramway undertaking, and that the City Treasurer submitted a report upon the financial aspect. The Committee had resolved that in their opinion the proposal to lease the undertaking should not be entertained; also that the consideration of the question of the sale be deferred till the next meeting for further information, and that a represent of the Company be invited to attend the meeting.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 01 October 1921

Club Formed for Instructional and Social Purposes

Exeter motorists turned up in goodly numbers on Saturday evening at Messrs. Pike and Co.'s club-room, Sidwell-street, Exeter, when it was decided to form a club to carry a programme of instructional and social events during the winter months. Mr. T. McLeod, who presided, made it clear that the launching of such a club was in no way antagonistic to the Exeter Motor Cycle and Junior Car Club. But those riders who had taken part in Messrs. Pike and Co.'s trials during the season had expressed a desire that during the winter months there should be a programme of events to keep the members together. Mr. E. Wood, of Messrs. Pike and Co., had been approached, and had readily consented to place the club-room at the disposal of the members and promised, on behalf of the firm, to do all in his power to further the gatherings. On Saturday evening Mr. E. Harbridge was elected Hon. Secretary; Mr. T. McLeod. Assistant Hon. Secretary; Committee— Mrs. L. MvLeod, Miss Whitehead. Messrs. R. E. Balkwill, E. Wood, T. Upward, Scanes Hill and Caseley. In all probability the session will open with a whist drive.
Western Times - Monday 03 October 1921

Bristol Magistrate and Policeman's Signal : Case Adjourned

Lieut.-Col. Joseph B. Butler, The Grove, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, was summoned at the Exeter City Police Court Saturday for driving a motor car to the danger of the public at the corner of Queen-street, Exeter. He was represented by 'Mr. M. J. McGahey.
The evidence of P.C. Weeks was to the effect that accused failed to stop in response to his signal
Chief Inspector Martin said he was in company with another gentleman at the corner of Queen-street making special traffic observations. He saw the constable make a particularly clear signal, which defendant disregarded.
Mr. McGahey said his client was a magistrate and an experienced motorist. He denied that he saw the signal of the constable, and said he was following another vehicle.
At his request the case was adjourned till Wednesday to give defendant an opportunity of being present.
Western Times - Monday 03 October 1921

Magnificent Three-Hours' Run by the G.W.R. Riviera Express

The improvements in railway services, were recently decided upon, commenced yesterday. The popular trains to the bigger towns are to run faster, notable among these being Great Western Railway's Cornish Riviera express, which from to day will complete the journey from Paddington to Plymouth—226½ miles—in the pre-war time of 4 hours 7 minutes. The Exeter coach on this train is slipped just before entering St. David's Station (Exeter), and on arrival at 1.30, exactly 3 hours after drawing out from Paddington, it was well filled with passengers.
Commencing from yesterday, there will also be separate coaches running from Exeter to Aberdeen and Exeter to Glasgow daily. These leave Exeter at 10.33 a.m., and return from Aberdeen 12.30 p.m. daily, reaching Exeter at 8.38 a.m. Through coaches will leave Glasgow 1.30 p.m., arriving at Exeter at 2.46 a.m. The 5.30 p.m., also from Glasgow, will get here at 8.38 a.m. The 1.30 p.m. will continue through to Plymouth.
These trains will give a service through the Severn Tunnel, Carlisle and Caledonian Railway.
The Penzance to Aberdeen train stops at Exeter and leaves there 3.27 p.m., and this, together with other new trains, provides a through service to the East and West Coast routes.
Western Times - Tuesday 04 October 1921


Another good has been provided for patrons of Exeter Hippodrome next week. Topping the bill is Horace Jones and partner in Seaside Scenes. They are paying their first visit to the city, and the engagement is an expensive one. Novelty dancing is given by the two Dancing Viviennes. Those who have a taste for music will find Montague, the versatile vocal violinist, their liking. Maude Hughes, a remarkable soprano, is also paying the Ever Faithful her first visit, and is sure to please. Walkers Juveniles will be welcomed on the occasion of a return visit, and give a delightful, quick-change vocai and dancing scene. The company includes Miss Martin Hodges, a clever danseuse. Brocks, Cycling Maniacs, described as fun providers and creators of comedy novelties, are also making their first appearance in the city, and have an excellent reputation. There will be pictures on the "Bio,"
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 08 October 1921


At Exeter yesterday, Annie Thompson, 2, was summoned for placing herself in Barnfield-road for the purpose of begging alms on 6th October. P.C. Windcott said that Thursday evening, about 8.10, he saw accused sitting under an electric lamp standard in Barnfield-road: She had on her arm a basket containing apples and hung round her neck was a card bearing the inscription, “Kind friends, cripplied through a fire Bradford." She was holding her hat in her hand. He had received numerous complaints about accused, and had often cautioned her. When he took her into custody she first refused to walk, but on his telling her he would send for the ambulance, she said she would but threatened, when in the main street, she tried to create a scene against him getting into High-Street she tried create a scene, shouting "Look, he is locking up a poor cripple who has lost three sons in the war." Inspector Martin said accused had her foot bandaged, but the skin was perfectly sound, although the foot was slightly deformed. She refused to take notice of warnings. The Bench dismissed the case, but warned accused if she were charged again she would be sent to prison.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 08 October 1921

Old Exwick Schoolboy's Success

Mr. John Tucker, an old scholar of the Exwick Council School, recently took up an appointment in London after being for some time at Messrs. Wippell and carpentry and joinery works. He has been attending classes at the Northern Polytechnic Institute, London, and at the examinations obtained 1st Class Honours, City and Guilds, for carpentry and joinery, and his manual training (woodwork) certificate, instructors' examination, City and Guilds. He has also won the “Richard Roberts” Prize in connection with the Institute, which is awarded annually “to a trade student attending any in the building department, who most highly distinguishes himself in the execution of original work in connection with the course attended. The work may be an executed example of practical craftsmanship." The model made for examination was a reproduction of old architectural design.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 October 1921

Fire at Exeter

About 12.30 this morning the Exeter Fire Brigade received a call through the Paris-street fire alarm to No. 34, Archibald-road, the Barnfield, occupied by Mr. F. E. Sleeman, builder. Superintendent' Pett and the members of the Brigade were promptly on the scene, and found a lean-to shed at the rear of the dwelling-house well alight. The flames were extinguished, but not before the shed had been practically destroyed, together with its contents, which consisted of two bicycles, a quantity of timber, and a number of garden tools, damage is estimated at £35. It appears that near the shed is a box, in which the ashes of the house are deposited. Last evening ashes were placed in the box, in which was a quantity of shavings, used in the lighting of the house fire. The ashes could not have been quite extinguished before they were placed in the box with the result the shavings were set alight, and thus ignited the shed.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 October 1921

A Long Trail in Aid of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Through the active organisation of Mrs. E. S. Plummer and Miss M. Harbottle, of Exeter, a successful effort was made yesterday at Topsham to help the funds the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, an attempt being made to spread out a mile of pennies. The line was marked out by Messrs. W. Beavis and H. Willing. Topsham people set out their mission with fine enthusiasm, and within half-an hour of the laying of the first row of pennies by Dr. William Ashford, over £6 had been placed on the pavement, whilst addition sum of £7 12s (which will cover just over sixty yards) was sent to the organisers, £4 19s having been collected by the Topsham Town Band on Saturday night, and £2 13s. by Mrs. Radford at the Globe Hotel.
As Dr. Ashford laid the first penny the Wolf Cubs called for three cheers for the success of the hospital, and camera snapshots were secured for the auspicious event.
The trail of pennies proceeded along a chalk line through Fore-street, the Post-office, and on towards the Station-road, where another trail was started below the railway to be continued through High-street and all the main thoroughfares of the town.
The total receipts from the trail cf pennies was £40 15s 7d, other up to last evening being: Street collections,£33 3s 7d; band, £4 18s: Mrs. Radford (Globe Hotel). £2 13s.
The result was that £33 3s 7d was obtained.
Western Times - Tuesday 11 October 1921


The Registrar-General reports that the annual rate of mortality in the 96 great towns of England and Wales last week averaged 11 per 1,000— highest, York, 21; lowest. Exeter, 5.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 13 October 1921

Mystery on the South-Western, Line

During Wednesday night an unknown man was killed on the railway at Hook, near Basingstoke. He is mutilated beyond recognition. In his possession was found an umbrella bearing as maker's name, "Poole and Son, 125, Sidwell Street. Exeter." The man was wearing a collar, size 1½ in. By 18½ in., marked J. C. Ross, High-street, Exeter. His white handkerchief is marked "W." in black cotton. Deceased is aged about 50; has dark hair turning grey; weight about 16 to 18 stone, and is wearing a navy blue suit, blue bow tie with white spots, dark brown woollen socks, merino pants, black boots (size 9), with toe caps. had brown Alpine felt hat, gold watch and chain, gold pince-nez, with powerful lens.
The Exeter Police would be glad to receive any information likely to give a clue to the man's identity.
It was suggested last night that deceased was probably a Heavitree shop-keeper who left home for the purpose of proceeding to the North England. Up to midnight, however, the body had not been definitely identified.
Western Times - Friday 14 October 1921

Flag Day Held at Exeter Yesterday

The British and Foreign Sailors' Society, an organization which is carrying on an excellent work among seamen, yesterday held a flag day in Exeter, and the appeal met with a good response. The Society not only provides homes for sailors in port, but helps in the training of young boys.
The St. Sidwell's Traders Association hung across the street a rope, to which was fastened a flag and a number of posters calling attention to the flag day. The receipts amounted to, approximately, £110.
Western Times - Saturday 15 October 1921

Night Watchman Injured at Willey's Works

Just before 6 a.m yesterday, Henry Bell, night watchman at Messrs. Willey and Co's works, St. Thomas, was going round the premises, when, as he opened the doors of, the entrance hall of the general office, he was immediately blown out by an explosion of gas which had accumulated there. The explosion was caused by a lantern which he was carrying at the time. Bell was badly burned about the face and arms. The plaster the ceiling of the hall was brought down, and paint on the doors was scorched. Bell turned off the gas at the meter and telephoned for the assistance of the police. Sergt. Wise cycled to the scene, and together with P.C. Graham they rendered first aid. The injured man was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by Sergt Arnold, in the St. John Ambulance. He was there seen by Dr. Rolfe, and after medical attention, was made an out-patient.
Western Times - Thursday 20 October 1921

Accident in Fore Street, Exeter

Mrs. Sarah Collings, Friernhay-street, Exeter, was crossing Fore-street yesterday, just below the Mint Church, when she hesitated in front of a motor cycle ridden by Reginald Punchard, of 9, Barton Place. She stepped back and the cyclist ran into her, knocking her down. P.C. Gribble assisted her, and in response to a call the St. John Ambulance arrived on the scene under Sergt. Arnold. Mrs. Collings was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where she was attended by Dr. Goldsmith and found to be suffering severely from shock, and she was detained. The motor cyclist was unhurt.
Western Times - Saturday 22 October 1921


At the Exeter Police-court on Saturday, Ernest Union Place, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly, in Upper Paul-street., the previous day. P.C Gregory said he saw accused in Upper Paul-street about 10.5 p.m. He was drunk, throwing about his arms, and wanted to fight people. Mr. W. R. Lisle, Alderman of the City and member of the Watch Committee, said he was passing through Upper Paul-street about 10 p.m. when he saw accused lying in the roadway. He blew a police whistle he had with him, and some people helped accused to his feet. He then preceded his on his way. Accused followed and, when near the Museum, struck witness a blow in the chest. Had it not been for other people who intervened witness would have been again attacked by accused. A fine of £1 was interposed.
William Harris, of 4, Ewing's-lane, was summoned for being drunk and incapable in High-street on the 28th inst. Evidence was given by P.C. Bishop that accused was clinging to an electric light standard, and unable to walk. Accused said he was not drunk, but his legs gave way under him. He was fined 5s.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 31 October 1921

EXETER BENEFACTOR. Exeter from the air Sir HARRY VEITCH, tha famous pioneer horticulturist, who has been a visit to his native city of Exeter, has bequeathed the bulk of his magnificent collection of paintings to the City.
Western Morning News - Tuesday 11 October 1921


September 1921

Cracks in Pillars of the Ancient Portico

Cracks have appeared some of the stone pillars supporting the portico of Exeter Guildhall. Several years ago the whole structure was strengthened. Iron bands were then placed around the tops of the pillars, and some of these, for a reason which is not apparent, were yesterday being removed and new bands of iron of a slighter substance substituted. The old bands were rusty, but to the casual observer they appeared to be as strong as ever. Signs of crumbling, as result of the effects of the weather, are observable on portions of the stonework.
Western Times - Friday 02 September 1921

Young Woman's Lapse at Exeter

Lily Hoskins. aged 30, of Okehampton-road, failed to appear at Exeter Police Court on Friday to answer a charge of drunkenness . A warrant was issued, and on Saturday she was brought up in custody for failing to answer, and to show cause while her bail of £1 should not be forfeited. Defendant, who was fashionably dressed, and of respectable appearance, told the magistrates that she belonged to Exeter. She, arrived within a few yards the court on the previous day, but a few minutes before the sitting of the Bench she felt faint and went into a shop. It was true, said the Chief Constable, that she entered a shop, and had lime juice and soda, but she remained there talking to someone, and on leaving to a public house, where she remained till one o’clock.
The evidence P.S. Afford was that he found the defendant on Thursday drunk and rambling about in St. Sidwell's, and as she was in danger of the traffic when grossing the road took her into custody.
Defendant said she suffered from heart weakness.
The Bench— Mr. P. Kelland and Mr. C. J. Vlieland—accepted defendant’s statement as the reason why she did not appear the previous day, but fined her 10s for drunkenness.
Western Times - Monday 05 September 1921

Rate Defaulters at Exeter

About a hundred rate defaulters were summoned at the Exeter Police Court yesterday afternoon. They were from the western side of the City, and about the number usually summoned every half year.
Western Times - Wednesday 07 September 1921

The Salvation Army Temple, Exeter

At a series of remarkable services at the Temple (Exeter) on Sunday, in connection with the harvest festival. Commandant and Mrs. Stobart were in charge, and were well supported by the local officers, the band and all sections. The decorations made the Temple platform look a perfect picture, and the large display of all kinds fruit and flowers gave a very pleasing effect.
Special addresses were given by the Commandant, and the family song at night before a packed Temple was well rendered.
The afternoon service was of a musical nature, and the band under the aide baton of Bandmaster Cox, did valiant. A special feature was the singing of the vocal octette party, and most pleasing and appropriate was the tasteful rendering of the harvest by the songsters. The services were in every way a record for the Temple.
Western Times - Tuesday 06 September 1921

Further Adjournment of Maintenance Case

A case in which Reginald Paul, commercial traveller, of 12, Edgerton Park-road, Exeter was summoned for neglecting to maintain his three children, under 16 years of age, was mentioned to the magistrates, Mr. Harris (in the chair) and Mr. E. C. Perry, at the City Police Court on Friday. The'chiet Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) said the case had twice previously been adjourned to see how defendant kept up the payments. During the past month he had paid to his wife a certain amount, but the wife did not think it sufficient in view of her husbands earnings. His wages amounted £10 or £12 week, but he left his wife and children make a struggle of it. The Chief Constable suggested that there should be a further adjournment for three months to see if defendant kept payments. The further adjournment asked for was granted. Mr. M. J. McGahey represented the wife. Western Times - Tuesday 06 September 1921

Price of Bread Cannot be Reduced Say the Bakers

A still further reduction has been made in the price of bread in London In many shops and stores the price has been dropped to 11d, while the London Master Bakers have decided that from Monday next the general price shall be 1s.
Still no move towards reduction has been made in Exeter, where the bakers continue to charge 1s 1d. The Secretary to the local Association was unable yesterday to say when any cut would take place, and he and other bakers who were seen on the point expressed the view that present price of high grade flour, which what is used in the trade locally, the loaf cannot be produced and sold for/less than 1s 1d. To sell it at 1s there must a reduction of 8s per sack on flour, and there has been no such drop as yet in high class flour.
Western Times - Saturday 10 September 1921

Rechabite Sports at Exeter.

The juvenile members the Rechabite Order in Exeter held their annual treat on Saturday last in held in a field (kindly lent Mr. C. Hill) at Streatham Hall. The members assembled at Bedford Circus, and marched in procession to the field, where various games were indulged in. Tea was served by a Committee of ladies, members of the Good Samaritan Women’s Tent, under the superintendence the Secretary, Miss N. Casley, whose services were much appreciated. A programme of sports, organised by the District Secretary, was successfully carried out. The Senior Superintendent, Bro. C. E. Hopping, at the close of the distribution of prizes, thanked all those who had rendered assistance to make the event such a success.
Western Times - Tuesday 13 September 1921

Weymouth Car Collides with Electric Standard

A serious accident took place at the junction of York-road and Sidwell-streef, Exeter, last evening. As a motor-car was being driven up Sidwell-street at about five miles per hour the driver turned his head to look for a place where could get some petrol , and collided with an electric light standard. The occupants of the car were thrown forward, and the front of the vehicle was badly damaged. Mr. Ferguson, manager of the Devon Motor Transport Company, quickly arrived at the scene with a light car and conveyed the injured people to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. There they were attended to by Dr. Rosphe, and it was found that Mrs. L. H. Jacquett, of the Royal Oak Quay, Weymouth, was suffering from a light concussion and severe cuts to the head and face, and that the left cheek of Mr. Ernest. Chas. Smith, 28, Hope-street, Weymouth, was badly cut. The other occupants of the car— Miss Ethel Bridge. Mr. Richard Wearing and a girl of ten named Dorothy Wearing—escaped injury, but were victims of severe shock.
The party were returning from Treecombe, Stoke Clemsland, near Callington, Cornwall, to Weymouth, and after their injuries had been treated they were able to continue the journey, though Mrs. Jacquett was in a rather serious condition. When the accident . took place the St. John Ambulance Brigade was summoned, and although Sgt. Arnold was out on another case he was quickly on the scene with the ambulance, but the party had just left for the Hospital, so Sgt. Arnold followed and rendered valuable assistance there.
Western Times - Monday 19 September 1921

Timber Workers to Hold Open Air Meetings

In connection with the wages dispute at Messrs. Glaridge's, timber merchants, of Exeter, a meeting all the employees was held yesterday to consider the position, but understand that farina progress has been made towards settlement.
It was decided to hold a further meeting on Tuesday next, and arrangements were made for open-air meetings at Bedford-Circus and Gervase-avenue respectively, to acquaint the public with the circumstances of the dispute.
Western Times - Thursday 15 September 1921


At the Rougemont Hotel, Exeter, yesterday, Messrs. Whitton and Laing of Exeter, of offered for sale by auction the attractive freehold residential property known Honeylands, situate at Whipton, near Exeter, and comprising a detached family house, with pasture and arable land, orchard land, stabling, house, and capital farm buildings, in all about 16a 3r 23p. There was an excellent attendance, and bidding was brisk. The opening offer of £3,000 was increased to £4,000, at which price the property was sold to Mr. W. H. Hamlin. Subsequently the same auctioneers also offered for sale a freehold accommodation meadow, adjoining the last lot, and having area of 1a 0r 12p. Competition for this was very keen, and the property changed hands at £311 to Messrs. Collard and Collard. Daw and Sons, Exeter, were the solicitors for the vendors.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 17 September 1921

Exeter Boys & Southernhay Conkers.

Six innocent looking boys, whose ages ranged from 11 to 13, appeared before P. Kelland (in the chair) and G. T. White, at the Exeter Children's yesterday, for throwing missiles to the danger of the public Southernhay. Three admitted the offence and three denied it. They were apparently aiming at horse chestnuts but in their efforts stones, sticks and pieces of wood were, falling on both sides of the Southernhay Green. P.C. Greet arrived on the scene, and with the assistance of P.S. Underhill caught four of the boys, who gave their names, and those of their two escaped companions.
The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) said the police received complaints from residents as to this practice. It might be only a boyish trick, but was certainly liable to cause injury to anyone passing by.
Three of boys who had been before the Court previously were fined 5s each, and the first offenders 2s 6d each.
Western Times - Tuesday 20 September 1921

Stubborn Bullock Provides Hour's Diversion

It took no fewer than ten hefty cattle drovers on just on one hour to get a stubborn forty-score bullock into a cattle float at Exeter Cattle Market Friday.
The animal had been brought into the market earlier in the day, and, failing to reach the reserve, was being taken back unsold. Upon arriving at of the tail the float it expressed its resentment at this method of Conveyance by lying on the ground and absolutely refusing to budge. Eventually, the drovers, gently tickling the animal in the ribs, got it on to its feet, and to the tailboard, but it absolutely defied the superhuman efforts of the drovers to make it enter the float. There the obstinate bullock lay for some time until a rope secured around its horns and, gently pulled, the animal was got to its feet again. The horse attached to the float was backed, the bovine animal took the tail-board, and the drovers, in a united effort, pushed it safely into the vehicle, amid the applause of a large number spectators.
Another exciting incident was that which big but refractory calf, led ray a ope, leapt four feet into the air and lifted the drover in charge off his feet.
Western Times - Tuesday 20 September 1921

Fine Example of Allotment Cultivation in Exeter

Mr. H. B. Chown, of 39, Dane’s-road, Exeter, has this year raised on his allotment in Cowley-road a magnificent lot of Ailsa Craig onions. One the finest specimens scaled 21b. 1½oz., and ninety selected from the yield tipped the beam at 116lb., giving an average of slightly over 1½lb. apiece. Of potatoes, too, Mr. Chown has grown a splendid crop. He has lifted a score weight of tubers from eight yards of ground, and they are well grown and of first-rate quality. Such good results are all the more remarkable in a season which has not been altogether favourable for heavy cropping. But Mr. Chown is not only a keen but painstaking horticulturist.
Western Times - Wednesday 21 September 1921

TRAMPS AT EXETER Great Increase on Previous Year's Figures .

There were 90 vagrants in the Exeter Union during the week ending Saturday last as compared with 25 in the corresponding week of last year, and nine in the corresponding week of 1919. Expenditure on out-relief for the different weeks were the £56 13s l0d, £55 10s 8d, £39 14s 6d; outdoor paupers, 239, 219, 190; indoor paupers, 271, 229, 208. The Governor meeting of Exeter Guardians said the number vagrants was on an ascending scale in this, as in other parts of the country. Mr. Heale: Fine weather, Mr. Chairman.
Western Times - Wednesday 28 September 1921


The Exeter Coroner held an inquiry at the Devon and Exeter Hospital, yesterday afternoon, into circumstances attending the death of Annie Price Pearce, aged nine, daughter of George Pearce. A non-commissioned officer attached to the Depot, Devon Regiment, at the Higher Barracks. The evidence shewed that deceased and two children were on their way home from school Wednesday afternoon, and suddenly ran into the roadway of Sidwell-street in front of a motor car driven Fred Wm. Corrigan of School-road, St. Thomas. A lady shouted to them to come back. Deceased and another girl hesitated, with the result that the car which the driver stated was going at between six and eight miles hour ran into them. A mud-guard hit deceased the head. She was immediately taken the Hospital by Corrigan but died there the same night. Dr. Goldsmith said the child sustained injuries to the face, a broken right arm, and a fracture to the base of the skull. Death was due to the latter. The jurymen returned a verdict of “Accidental death” and exonerated the driver from blame. They also passed a vote of condolence with the father.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 30 September 1921

EXETER FROM THE AIR. Exeter from the air This view of Exeter from the air shows the Devon and Exeter Hospital in the foreground and the Cathedral in the centre of the picture.—Photo: Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Hendon.
Western Morning News - Tuesday 13 September 1921


August 1921

Croydon Motor-Cyclist Fined by Local Bench

Dudley Vale, of Hopedene, Croydon, made a rather damaging admission in a letter which he sent to the Exeter City Bench yesterday. He was summoned for driving a motorcycle, at a speed which was dangerous, in AIphington-street, Exeter.
Inspector Sandford stated that several witnesses declared that the speed at which accused was travelling was 30 miles per hour which, in view of the traffic, was regarded as being far too high a speed to be safe. In his letter the Bench defendant stated that had another 100 miles to do before dark. As the offence was committed at 7 p.m. that meant that he intended to maintain an average of 25 miles per hour. In view of that he did not think the Bench would have any difficulty in accepting the evidence of the prosecution as to speed. Defendant ignored the signal of a constable to stop, but the policeman took his number. On enquiry it was found that the gentleman who had originally registered the cycle had sold it to a dealer. The dealer was then written to, and he informed the police that he had sold it to defendant. When enquiries came to be made of defendant, it was discovered that had not transferred the registration. As a result of that he was to be proceeded against by the Sturrey authorities.
Evidence having been given, a fine 30s and costs was imposed.
Western Times - Thursday 04 August 1921


Apropos of the leading article in yesterday’s, “Gazette," it is instructive to learn that it has been officially reported that the number of men in all branches of the building trade registered as unemployed on the 15th July was 132,271. Of these about 42,000 were skilled and about 69,000 unskilled. And yet there are thousands of house wanted. It is painful to see the number of men lining the footway every morning in Queen-street, Exeter, waiting to enter the Employment Exchange, apparently to claim the dole which the Taxpayers have to provide them with to assist them in their maintenance. And while this condition of things obtain in England, we read that German unemployment is rapidly decreasing, the organised workers unemployed at the end of June being only 3 per cent. It is time men were encouraged to earn their own living instead of being trained to become State paupers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 05 August 1921

Wife Looks Starved but Inattentive Husband Very Well

Thomas Chambers, an Exeter cattle drover has only recently come out of prison alter spending three months there, and Saturday he found himself facing Mr. P. Kelland at the Exeter City Police Court once more.
This time he was charged with being £21 in arrears on a maintenance order made in favour of his wife. She stated that there was little to complain of until he went to prison but since he had come out he seemed to neglect everything. He had been back for three weeks. The first week he paid he 2s. 6d., the next 7½d., and last week only 6d. He was in work, and there was no excuse why he should not pay her some reasonable sum. She was attending the infirmary, and unable o earn any money while doing so.
Defendant denied that he was working regularly. He was a cattle drover, and there had been little doing. Now that the rain come the grass would grow, and there would be more work to do. Mr. Kelland said it had been quite painful o see the wife coming there making applications. She was half-starved. Defendant on other hand, was looking very well. It seemed as though he was spending too much money on himself. This was his last chance. [His wife was willing to accept 10s. a week instead of £1 for a month. He would have pay her 5s. that night, and 10s. a week afterwards on that understanding the case would adjourned for a month.
Western Times - Tuesday 09 August 1921

Exeter Cyclists and Policemen's Signals

Two motor cyclists were summoned at the Exeter City Police Court yesterday for riding to the danger of the public at Eastgate, Exeter. Reginald Hartop, Fairview, Shaftesbury-road, convinced the Bench that he did not see the constable's signal for him to stop, as there were people between him and the policeman. His case was dismissed. Henry Carter, 65. St. Davids-hill, Exeter, admitted that Saw the signal, but said his control wire broke, and he could not stop his cycle the usual way. He admitted that there were other ways of stopping the cycle, but said in his opinion it was safer to go than stop. He was fined 10s.
Western Times - Friday 12 August 1921


Among recent gifts to Exeter Cathedral is a sledging flag used by Capt. Scott, the famous Antarctic explorer, and a Devonian. I has been presented Mrs. Scott, the explorer's mother. An anonymous donor has also made a gift to the Cathedral of a picture (by Mostyn) of “Gethsemane." For the present it has been hung in the Chapel of St. Edward, but its final position has yet determined. The picture has been exhibited all over the country.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 16 August 1921

Warning to Cyclists at Exeter

Having dealt with four cases of riding bicycles without lights, at Wonford Petty Sessions at Exeter yesterday, the Chairman Mr. Harold C. remarked that the number of offences of this sort was on the increase, and if it continued the Bench would have to take a serious view of the matter.
The defendants before the Court were Frank Pascoe, who lives at Saltash, and who was fined 10s and special costs for an offence at Kenn; Leslie Cann, of Starcross, fined 15s; Albert James Brooks, of Kenn, for having no red light, at Exminater, 5s; and Charles Hy. Wilson, of Exeter, who was seen by a constable at Pinhoe, 5s.
Western Times - Wednesday 17 August 1921

Greengrocer on his Business and Betting Losses

"Want of capital, depreciation of business and loss of many customers whilst I was away in the Army, and betting losses/* were the causes of failure alleged by George Arthur Sanders, greengrocer, of Paris-street, Exeter, at a meeting of his creditors at the office of the Official Receiver on Wednesday. The summary of debtor's statement of affairs showed liabilities expected to rank at £480 6s 5d and assets expected to produce £22 13s 10d; deficiency, £457 12s 7d. In a deficiency account debtor estimated his betting losses at £70.
The debtor's public examination was fixed for Thursday, the 25th inst., at the Castle of Exeter. Western Times - Friday 19 August 1921


Exeter Central School Old Boys' Society spent an enjoyable afternoon Mamhead on Saturday, through the kindness of Sir Robert Newman, Bart., M.P. They were conveyed in a motor lorry and motors, kindly lent Mr. J. Walaron (President) and Mr. J.M. Soper (one of the Governors). On arrival at Mamhead the party were received by Sir Robert, who was accompanied Mr. F. R. Lumley. In glorious summer weather the members explored many beauty spots in the picturesque grounds, and the more venturesome climbed the top of the tower, from which they enjoyed a delightful panorama of the surrounding country. The treasures of the house also occasioned appreciative comment. Tea was served on the terrace and Mr. Walaron and Mr. Soper voiced the thanks of the Society of their host. In response Sir Robert expressed his pleasure having an opportunity welcome the members, and said he trusted they would come again on a future occasion. Mr. R. Pike hon. secretary was responsible for the arrangements.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 22 August 1921


The fifth of the series of reliability trials arranged by Messrs. Pike and Co. took place on Saturday, the route being to Plymouth and back. There were 43 entrants, the majority of whom were timed out from the firm's Alphinton-street garage by Messrs. J. Eddy and J E. Balkwill. The route was over Haldon, through Chudleigh, Ashburton, Buckfastloigh, and Ivybridge. There were two secret checks on the downward run, the first being near Ashburton (taken by Mr. E Wood ), and second near Ivybridge (taken by members of the Plymouth Club). The checking-in at the Octagon, Plymouth, was carried out by Mr. Phil Pike, who received valuable; assistance from his wife. There were very few experiences of trouble on the downward journey. The first lady rider was timed out at Plymouth at 6.20, and was followed' by the other competitors at one-minute intervals. On the homeward run two secret checks were made, one just outside Totnes (taken by Messrs. Hart and Stoneman), and other about eight miles from Exeter.(Messrs. Eddy and Balkwill). The competitors were timed in at Messrs. Pike's garage in Sidwell-street by Mr. E Wood. There was a number of interested spectators at both the starting and finishing points.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 22 August 1921

Death of Exeter Milling Expert

The death of Mr. John Kemp Carthew will be deeply regretted, not only in Exeter, but in all parts of England. Mr. Carthew, who passed away on Friday, was a well-known figure in the milling and corn trade, practically applying it in the West of England, but his statical articles were welcomed by all in the trade.
Western Times - Monday 22 August 1921

Stephen's Bow, Exeter, Not for Cycles

The fact that “everybody’s doing it” is no defence at the Exeter City Police Court. That was the line taken by a youth named William Saunders 14, Beauforth-road, Exeter, when he was stopped by a policeman when riding a bicycle through a prohibited thoroughfare—Stephens Bow —and across the footpath in High-street, “Well, what of it? Everybody does it," was his observation.
The Mayor (Mr. A. C. Roper) told him he had behaved very badly, and but for the fact that he had been out of work, he would be fined heavily. As he had been unemployed he would be fined 1s 6d.
Western Times - Friday 26 August 1921

Presentation to Exeter Journalist

At a meeting of the Exeter Branch of the National Union of Journalists on Saturday, Mr. M. E. Timewell, who has been associated with the Exeter and Plymouth Press for about twelve years, and who saw service in Mesopotamia during the war, was presented by his colleagues with an attache case on his departure from the city to take up the post of district representative at Weybridge, near London, for the “Surrey Advertiser." Mr. F. Bradford, Chairman of the Branch, made the presentation Good wishes were expressed for Mr. Timewell's success and happiness in his new sphere.
Western Times - Monday 29 August 1921


CONTRASTS IN PARTY POLITICS. Party Politics At a Coalition fete and demonstration in Powderham Park on Saturday, Sir A. Griffith-Boscawen claimed that the Government's record was a good one on the whole. At the Exeter Labour Party's annual gala on the same day at Exeter Mr. Tom Myers, M.P., urged that the black record of the Government was a veritable rake's progress.
Western Morning News - Tuesday 09 August 1921


July 1921

Presentation at Exeter

An interesting presentation took place on Saturday evening at the Golden Lion Inn, Newtown, when friends to the number of 50 met to present Amy only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Stone, with a handsome solid mahogany occasional table on the occasion of her approaching marriage with Mr. T. H. Curnow. Mr. G. Ransom, in a few appropriate words, spoke of the high esteem which Mr. and Mrs Stone were held and the general popularity of Miss Stone. Miss Stone and Mr. Curnow suitably responded and a most pleasant evening was spent.
Western Times - Tuesday 05 July 1921

Old Lady Killed by a Motor Car

An old lady named Ann Baker, aged 85, was killed IN a motor accident at Exeter yesterday morning.
The old lady lived in one Wynard'e Almshouses, Magdalen-road, and was crossing the street near the Eye Infirmary, about eleven o'clock, when a motor-car driven by Mr. E. J. Holt, of Crewkerne, was approaching at a reasonable speed.
The driver sounded his horn and the old lady stopped. Mr. Holt made an effort to avoid her, and would probably have done so, but for the fact that, when he was almost level with her, she made an attempt to get back to the footpath and ran right in front of the car.
Mrs. Baker was knocked down, and it is stated the car went over her. The car was stopped and the injured woman was conveyed the few yards to the hospital, where she died five minutes later.
Western Times - Wednesday 06 July 1921

An Exeter Furniture Deal

His Honour Judge Terrell, K.C., had before him at the Exeter County Court yesterday the adjourned action in which William Frederick Walkden and Susan Hoyland Walkden, husband and wife, of 10, Victoria-street, Exeter, sued Mrs. Lempriere and Frank C. Lempriere, described as furniture dealers, of Longbrook-street, Exeter, for £60, the agreed price of certain furniture purchased by defendants.—Mr M. J. McGahey appeared for plaintiffs and E. Ernest Crosse for Mrs. Lempriere. It was contended by Mr. Crosse that the furniture was bought personally by the son, Mr. F. C. Lempriere, who had nothing to do with the mother's business. After a lengthy argument his Honour gave judgment for plaintiffs for the amount against Mrs. Lempriere, holding that the son was held out as the agent of the owner of the business.—On the application of Mr Crosse, stay of execution was granted for fourteen days.
Western Times - Wednesday 06 July 1921


Weston-super-Mare polo team met Exeter in the Basin Exeter last night before a large and enthusiastic crowd. Considering that the visiting team had two Olympic team players, an intemational, and a Welsh international, Exeter's defeat to seven goals to nil was not discreditable to them. But for P. H. Matthews' splendid exhibition in goal the defeat would doubtless have been much heavier. One the features of the match .was Radmilevic's inimitable back-hand shots. Radmilevic scored five goals, ind Thould and E. Elver one each.
Prior to this match Exeter Juniors beat Topsham first team by five goals to nil. T. Penberthy scored 3, and R. Newcombe and E. Tarr one each.
Western Morning News - Thursday 07 July 1921


The war memorial to be erected outside the south wall of St. Olave’s Church, Exeter, will take the form a group of scriptural figures in stone, representing the Crucifixion. In our report of the special vestry meeting Wednesday it should have stated that Mr. Herbert Reed’s of the group was approved by parishioners.
Western Morning News - Thursday 07 July 1921

Hottest Day of the Year at Exeter

Yesterday was the hottest day of {he year at Exeter. At four o'clock in the afternoon the thermometer at the Devon and Exeter Institution, Exeter, registered 80 degrees in the shade. On the other hand, the temperature in the sun was only 120 degrees, or ten degrees lower than it was on the three days June.
Western Times - Friday 08 July 1921


Three minor accidents have occurred Exeter during the week end. On Saturday a motor cyclist, Mr. Colin Edwards, of Athelstan-road was riding slowly along South-street. When Mrs. Lucy VVestcott, an elderly woman, of Friars-terrace, stepped off the footpath in front of the bicycie, and was knocked down. She was fortunately uninjured, was to proceed assistance to her Home. Later on in the day Mr. Clayson, of Stevenage, was driving a motor-cycle from the Rougemont Hotel into Queen-street when he collided with a motor-cycle driver by Mr. Osborne, of Leicester. Both motorist were thrown from their machines, but received no serious injuries.
Mr. William Short, of Clifton-street, was cycling along Queen-street towards High-street yesterday, when, in turning Queen-street corner his back, wheel caught the tramlines, with the result that he was thrown heavily to the ground. He sustained a severe cut the back his head, and had to be removed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where several stitches were in inserted.
Western Morning News - Monday 11 July 1921

Tar Boiler on Fire at Exeter

A singular fire occurred at Bonhay-road, Exeter, last evening. A tar boiling machine used in connection with the re-making of Bonhay-road became ignited and dense volumes of smoke rose a great height. The Exeter Fire Brigade, under Supt. Pett. were called, and it was with some difficulty that a hydrant was found near enough to operate, but when the main was tapped the flames were soon extinguished. Practically the whole of the tar was destroyed by the fire and the boiler was damaged by the heat.
Western Times - Tuesday 12 July 1921


The maximum temperature in the sun Exeter yesterday was 132, the same as on the previous day. The maximum the shade dropped from 87 to 85.
It will probably surprise to most people to learn that the exceptional weather is having adverse effect on owners motor charabancs. This, at al events, is the experience of at least one prominent proprietor, who yesterday said that the trade was falling off because of the excessive heat. People complained that they got “absolutely fagged”, and in consequence were fighting shy of long journeys.

Western Morning News - Wednesday 13 July 1921

Exeter Navigation Committee at Turf

Members of the Navigation Committee of the Exeter City Council visited Turf House yesterday afternoon and inspected the Canal, the dredger, and also the abandoned ketch Kate. which was recently salved at the suggestion of members of the Committee. The work salving was carried out under the direction of the Exeter City Surveyor, and it is understood the boat will be sold to defray expenses. The members the Committee and a few friends were entertained to tea by the Chairman of the Committee (Alderman T. Glanfield).
Western Times - Wednesday 20 July 1921


Three of the Exeter Corporation tram-cars were bringing party children, who had been on a school treat, from St. Thomas Station to the higher part the city shortly before 10 o'clock last night, and when proceeding up Fore-street Hill the electric current was momentarily switched off. The middle car began to run backward, and for a few seconds pandemonium reigned. As the car began to increase its speed, children, shrieking with terror, endeavoured to get off the tram, and it was seated that one boy jumped from the top, but miraculously escaped injury. The driver managed to bring the car to a standstill. and when the current was again switched on the car was able to proceed on its journey.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 21 July 1921


There is promise of another capital programme being provided at the Exeter Hippodrome next week. Frederick Silvester and Co. styled Neatest Neat,”is to make a return visit to the city, and can be assured a hearty welcome. Among the other “turns'' will be Pattie Loftus in original songs and dances', Jack Allen (Colonial ventriloquist, who will Introduce a comedy entitled “Love by Wireless”), Pinfold and Pippett (in biffs and bumps ), Charlie Bobbins and Irene Wyn, and Damsell and Boy have come from the Alhambra, Paris, and will present a notable juggling equilibristic act). On August Bank Holiday there is to be a matinee at 2.30 should the weather be wet.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 23 July 1921

Bench Resolved to Stamp Out the Offences

Emma Walker, 41, Old Vicarage-road Exeter, pleaded guilty at Exeter City Police Court on Saturday, before Messrs. T. Ainge (in the chair) and P. Kelland, to a summons of havingrstolen four pairs of gloves, value 5s 1d., the property Mr. C. J. Pinniger> and others.
The Chief Constable said this was another case of theft at a sale. Miss Mercer saw defendant take the articles, and when spoken to she offered pay for them.
Defendant said she had no intention of stealing. She selected the goods and was going to pay for them, but was overcome with heat and went to the door for fresh air, when she was arrested.
The Chief Constable said it was another of those remarkable cases where a perfectly respectable woman, wife of a retired tradesman man, could not keep her hands off what she saw in a shop. There was no absolutely no reason for the theft.
Mr. Ainge stated that the Bench had determined to stamp out cases of that sort. and imposed a fine of £3.
Western Times - Monday 25 July 1921


Fell Overboard While Playing on a Steamer in the Basin A pathetic case of drowning occurred in the Basin, Exeter, Saturday afternoon. An eleven-year-old boy named Ronald Eric- Ford, whose home was at 2, Lower-avenue, Ladysmith-road, was playing on a steamer which was moored in the City Basin, when he missed his footing and fell overboard, into the deep water. The hour was 4.20 o'clock, and as the weather was dull and somewhat threatening at the time there were very few people about. Ford came to the surface and struggled to gain some support, but was quickly overcome and sank in less than half-a-minute. An alarm was raised by a boy who had been standing near by, and grappling irons were obtained, but a space of 47 minutes elapsed before the body was recovered from under the steamer.
Western Times - Monday 25 July 1921


In the Divorce Court, yesterday, Mr. Justice. Horridge heard the undefended petition William Ingram, of Buller-road, Exeter, for the dissolution of his marriage with his wife on the ground her misconduct. Petitioner married his wife at the Exeter Registry Office on 23rd, July 1911, and lived at South-street, Exeter. He began hear rumours about his in 1917, and he had not lived with her since April, 1919. On May 16th 1920, a child was born to his wife of which he was not the father. His Lordship granted petitioner a decree nisi.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 30 July 1921

The Devon and Exeter Institution

The proprietors of the Devon and Exeter Institution on Thursday assembled for the .108th annual meeting. During the year, the report stated, there had been over forty new members admitted, which was a sure indication that the many advantages offered, including the library of 40.000 books were becoming far better known. This is all to the good, for the more attractions that are provided for residents in Exeter and the neighbourhood. the better it is for the city in general. The librarians (Mr J. Coombe) during year, circulated 11,984 books and magazines. The president elected was the Very Rev. the Dean of Exeter, with Mr. Trevor Pearce and Prebendary Chanter as vice-presidents. Mr. Sebastian Snow was elected hon. treasurer, and Mr. H. Stone hon. secretary. The committee look forward to an equally prosperous coming year.
Western Times - Saturday 30 July 1921


OPEN-AIR SCHOOL FOR EXETER BOYS. OPEN-AIR SCHOOL An object lesson in coast erosion to Exeter elementary schoolboys, who are attending open-air courses at Dawlish, under the supervision of their head master, Mr. E. A. Grenfell
Western Morning News - Thursday 07 July 1921


June 1921


Application for Membership of the Southern League In view of the extensive defections of clubs from the Western League and the fact that many of them are applying for election to Southern League, the annual meeting of which is to be held in London to-day. the Exeter City directors, at a special meeting yesterday, decided to make application for membership of the Southern League, with a view to running their second team in that competition next season Some length journeys would be necessitated, but travelling would not present any more serious difficulties than it did in the case of the Western League season, when so many trips had to made to South Wales. The competition would be very attractive, the the second teams of several London clubs, those situate between here and London will be included. It is thought possible that other Devon clubs may take the same line of action.
Although Dockray has not actually signed for Exeter City at the moment, there is every likelihood of his doing so the next day or two. News as to the signing-on of other new players may be expected this week.
Western Times - Thursday 02 June 1921

Results of Messrs. Pike and Co.'s Dulverton Trial

The results the Messrs. Pike and Co.'s Exeter reliability triai to Dulverton and back, which took place on Wednesday, were announced last evening at the firm's club-room in Sidwell-street, Exeter. Mr. E. Wood presided, and was supported Mr. J. Eddy, who handed the prizes to the successful competitors. There was a large attendance, another evidence the keen interest being centred in these trials. Wednesday's run proved an unqualified success. Forty-seven entered, and faced the starter. Of these, 39 timed in at Exeter, arriving within a margin of fifteen minutes of their time. The only starter who failed to time in had trouble near Willand. It was exceedingly bad luck for the rider (a lady), who had up to that point ridden well to time. … The meeting last evening decided, on a vote, to hold the next reliability run to Lyme on Saturday. June 11th, and most present signed an entry form.
Western Times - Friday 03 June 1921


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Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 03 June 1921

Exeter Boy Cyclist, the Icecream Wafer and the Tram Track.

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

Police Seizure of Money and Betting Slips

Between three and four o'clock yesterday afternoon six Exeter detectives made raid on the premises Mr. Robert Munson, of No. 47, Longbrook-street, where it is alleged betting transactions have been carried on.
A large number of “slips” and other papers were seized and conveyed to the Police Station, the whole of it, however, being taken in a hand-bag. About £60 was, it said, also seized.
Mr. Munson was not on the premises at the time of the raid, but was subsequently arrested. Later, at the Police Station, he was released on bail The raid was carried out under the direction of Detective Inspector Hoyle, and occupied only half an hour. Mr. Munson will, it is understood, be charged before the Exeter Bench to-day. v Western Times - Wednesday 15 June 1921

Is the System of Control the Best Possible?

Yesterday, Mr. H. B. Varwell, from the Bench of the Exeter City Police Court, asked the Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) whether he thought it would be possible to devise some traffic signals which would be more readily recognised. He did think that strangers always understood what they were intended to do.
The Chief Constable remarked that the system employed in Exeter was that generally approved by the Automobile Association, and was very similar to that operation in London. It was very simple. To stop traffic the constable held his arm out so that it extended across the stream of traffic to be held up. When he wanted them to proceed again he swung his arm towards the direction in which they were heading. He was always open to receive suggestions for improvement.
The Chairman (Mr. C. Perry) thought the cause of the trouble was that people in this part did not understand traffic control as well as they in the bigger centres.
Mr. Varwell agreed that the system employed was so clear, that it ought to be understood. The trouble was that there were people who apparently did not understand it.
This discussion arose out of a case in which Bernard Webber, of Riverside, Boscastle, was fined for driving a motor-car to the danger of the public by failing to obey the signal of a constable to stop at London Inn Square. The defence was that he did not understand the signal.
For leaving a motor-car unattended in Bedford-street for hour while he had his tea, William A. Maddick, 125, High-street. Southampton, was fined 30s.
Western Times - Saturday 18 June 1921

Man Sinks and is Drowned Whilst Swimming

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

An Exeter Outing

The staff of Messrs. W. H. Smith's. Exeter Wholesale House held their annual outing on Saturday, visiting Chudleigh Rocks. A halt was made at Haldon, where a football match was played between the staff and the London newspaper representatives, resulting after a keen game in a win for the former one goat to nil. Sports were also indulged in, and some very fine running seen, the being much in evidence in the prize list. A splendid spread awaited the party at Chudleigh. Speeches were made Mr. V. P. Redman (manager). Mr. F. H. Blackmore Bristol. Mr. Crumpton (bookstall and shop representative for the West of England). Mr. G. Reardon (chief staff), and Mr. A. G. Fry ( Times representative). Reference was made to the growth of the firm's business in the district, and to the loyalty of staff. A cricket match was then played between the staff and the representatives, which ended in a win for the latter by a wicket and nine runs. After photographs of the party had been taken, a start was made for the return journey via Teignmouth where a stop of about an hour was much appreciated The "Ever Faithful” was reached about 11 p.m. Credit is due to the committee for arranging such an enjoyable outing.
Western Times - Wednesday 22 June 1921

Two Boys Drowned Near Stafford Bridge

A very distressing double drowning fatality occurred on the River Exe, in the vicinity of Stafford's Bridge, yesterday afternoon, the victims being Cyril Chamberlain, aged 12½ years son Mr. A. Chamberlain, 6, Summerland-street, a fitter on the L. and S.W.R., and grandson Mr. H. C. Chamberlain, tobacconist, of Sidwell-street;, and a lad named Jennings, aged about 14 years, of Porch-place, Sidwell-street. The latter's father served as a soldier in the war, and died about 12 months ago.
Both boys, accompanied by several others, left their homes some time after dinner, and went bathing in the river. They went round a bend, where at present the water is about 10 feet deep, and afterwards endeavoured to turn back, but could not, as, presumably, there is an under-current.
A boy named King, of Springfield-road, who was also in the water, kept one of the boys afloat for about a quarter of an hour. A man who was working with a horse near at hand, dived and brought Jennings out, but could not find the other body.
Mr. P. Pym, a brother of the Exeter City goalkeeper, then got a flat-bottomed boat and found the body of Chamberlain. Both lads were dead, and their bodies were removed to Stoke Canon. An inquest will be held at Stoke Canon this morning.
Both boys were prominent, members of the Boys' Brigade, and Chamberlain was corporal. They attended St.. Sidwell's Wesleyan Sunday School.
Man Drowned at Pinhoe
We are informed that the body of a local man named Ralph John Hope, was found in the River Clyst, Pinhoe, yesterday afternoon. The body was discovered by Mr. Mark Northcott, landlord the “Black Horse," Pinhoe, and the coroner has been communicated, with.
Western Times - Thursday 23 June 1921

Case of Sunstroke at Exeter Yesterday

Intense heat prevailed in Exeter yesterday. The shone with great brilliancy.
Several cases of the serious effect of the heat on children who, in some instances, were not wearing hats were reported.
About 11 a.m. in Queen-street a five years' old girl belonging to South-street became hysterical. She was evidently suffering the effects of slight sunstroke. First-aid was rendered by P.S. Elford, who conveyed her to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where she was detained.
Just three o'clock a boy from Farringdon became faint owing to the heat in the High-street. He was taken into the Guildhall and first-aid was rendered by the mace sergeants. The lad soon recovered, and was able to proceed.
At the Devon and Exeter institution the thermometer yesterday afternoon registered a maximum sun temperature of 121.5, and a maximum shade temperature of 74. The hottest day for the summer was on Wednesday last week, when the sun temperatude was 8¼ degrees higher than yesterday, and, the shade 5 degrees. The coolest place in Exeter yesterday was in the Cathedral. Thither a large number of visitors betook themselves at the afternoon service, and sat in the Nave.
Wednesday night Exeter was rather cold, thermometer registering only 48 degrees.
Western Times - Friday 24 June 1921


Fish.—Plaice, 1s 4d: cod, 1s 3d; whiting. 8d; hake, 1s; haddock, 1s; turbot, 1s 6d: salmon. 3s and 3s 3d: lobsters. 2s 6d; trout, 2s 6d. All per lb. Crabs from 9d to 3s 6d each;' mackerel, 2d each.
Western Times - Saturday 25 June 1921

Railway Bank Fire Exeter

Dry grass on the Great Western Railway main line, 200 yards south of the Exeter Basin Junction signal box was burned on Friday, and at 3.45 on Saturday morning P.C. Graham discovered that the fire had crept under the railway sleepers, and ignited them. The police officer secured the assistance of Signalman Biffin, and together they extinguished the flames.
Western Times - Monday 27 June 1921

Police Signals Misunderstood at Exeter

At Exeter Police Court yesterday, Mary C. Spencer, of 14, Hillsborougn-avenue, Exeter, was fined 7s 6d for riding a bicycle to the danger of the public in London Inn Square on June 11th. Defendant failed to obey the signals of the constable on point duty. George Baker, of 13, Mount Bedford-square, Exeter, was fined 10s for driving a motor to the common danger on the same date in Queen-street, Exeter. The defence was that Baker misunderstood the constable's signals, taking a "dead stop" for a "proceed."
Frederick Brown, of 15, Prospect-place, Rack-street, Exeter, was fined a similar sum for driving a motor through Fore-street, Heavitree, on the 21st inst., with the rear identification plate obscured. Defendant stated that he was used to driving another motor with the plate in a different position and he inadvertently hid this plate when covering some cases on the motor.—Harry Sefton was fined 20s for leaving a car unattended in London Inn Square for 45 minutes.
Western Times - Tuesday 28 June 1921

Interesting Experiment by an Exeter Schoolmaster

A party of 27 boys from the Central Boys' School, Exeter, accompanied by the Headmaster (Mr. A. E. Grenfell) and their class teacher, left St. Thomas Station this morning for week's camp at Dawlish Warren. This is not by any means a holiday camp. The necessary school equipment being taken and the usual time will be devoted to lessons under the curriculum time table approved by the Education Committee and his Majesty's Inspector. It is hoped to demonstrate that education under such conditions is infinitely superior to that conducted within the four walls of a schoolroom. We understand that all interested in education will welcome to visit the camp and see this interesting experiment at first hand.
Western Times - Tuesday 28 June 1921

Wrecked Boiler Holds Up Exeter Traffic

There was an accident, not wholly without a humorous side, in High-street, Exeter, about 8 o'clock last evening. One of Messrs. Fothergill's tar-boiling vehicles was proceeding down the centre of the road when suddenly the near front wheel came off, with the result that the front of the boiler came to earth with a bang, right in the centre of the tramlines.
Traffic was blocked, and Chief Inspector Martin and a constable appeared on the scene if by magic, and crowd quickly gathered. Trams had to be stopped, and the passengers got out and watched operations. One of the three men in charge of the vehicle, after making a careful survey of the situation, divined that a, lifting-jack would be useful in removing the obstruction, and forth with proceeded in search of one.
The minutes sped on, but still no lifting-jack appeared on the scene, and the crowd spent the interval in speculating as to the time which would be taken in clearing the road. Then suddenly somebody had a brainwave. Why not harness the horse to the boiler and let it draw it on one side?
The idea caught on, and the horse was put back in the shafts. It took about three steps forward and the trick was done. The trams proceeded, and shortly afterwards the broken-down boiler was taken away.
Western Times - Wednesday 29 June 1921

Tablet Tablet The above beautiful tablet, erected in the Mint Wesleyan Church, Exeter, to the memory of eighteen members of the church who laid down their lives for their country in the Great War, was invited last evening by Colonel Ransom Picard, C.B. C.M.G. the Mint Roll of Honour includes 129 names.
Western Times - Friday 17 June 1921


May 1921


United open-air services of prayer for a solution of the industrial dispute were renewed at Exeter yesterday. The Salvation Army band led a procession from the Cathedral to the bottom of Stepcote-hill, where Commdt. Stobart (Salvation Army) announced the hymns and Rev. W. Percy Hodge (Baptist) offered prayer.
The Mayor (Mr. A. C. Roper) gave a Scripture reading, and in an appeal for brotherly love and in co-operation in the crisis said they were "all in the same boat," and he could no more get coal than the poorest of them.
The Bishop of Exeter said they were all deeply grateful to the railwaymen, and sympathized with them in their very difficult' position. He was proud of the railwaymen of England, but yet the danger was still with us. Let those who were on the side of labour—he had great friendship and sympathy with them—remember that Jesus was a labouring man. He knew our need and had said “Blessed are the peacemakers." What we must do was seek to promote a peaceful sprit.
A large number joined the service, including many from the poor quarters of the city.
Western Morning News - Wednesday 04 May 1921

Fatal Exeter Accident

John Chorley, aged 72 years, Lower Rosalind, Heavitree, died at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, yesterday from injuries received through falling from a ladder "Fairhill." An inquest will be held to-day.
Western Times - Thursday 05 May 1921

Exeter Tramways Not for Sale

The National Electric Company, London, have enquired whether the Exeter City Council are disposed to lease the tramway undertaking. The Tramways Committee replied to the negative.
Western Times - Saturday 07 May 1921

The Judges' Lodgings at Exeter

Devon Bridges and Main Roads Committee having been informed on Friday there was no report to present with reference to the Judges’ Lodgings at Larkbeare, Exeter. Mr Lake asked when they were likely to have something definite. This matter had been hanging on for some time.
The Clerk said the Exeter City Council were not prepared sell them the Hostel in Castle-street or let them have Rougemont House.
Mr. Lake: Now we have got something, anyhow.
Western Times - Tuesday 10 May 1921

Oldest Licensed House in the City Changes Hands

Of interest to a large circle not, only in Exeter, but to travellers who visit the city from distant parts the country, will be the announcement that the Globe Hotel, in the Cathedral Yard, has changed hands. For the greater part of the past decade it has been owned and conducted by the Hotel, Ltd., with Mr. M. J. Dunsford as secretary, and the business has been managed with conspicuous success by Miss Frances Jeans. The property has now been acquired Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Brand, of Pennsylvania, who will enter into possession on June 25th. We understand that included with the hotel are the premises in South-street, known as the Britannia Inn.
How long ago the "Globe" was founded it is impossible to say, but it may be roughly stated to be of 500 years' standing. It is the oldest licensed house in Exeter. In a paper on “The Old Inns and Tavems of Exeter," read before the Devonshire Association in 1880 by the late Mr. Robert Dymond, said that the Globe in St. Mary's Yard existed as tavern at least as early at 1726, but it seems to have had a history of its own long before that.
The old house has interesting connection with the history of Exeter Freemasonry. Here was founded the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire, with Charles Warwick Bampfylde, Esq. (afterwards Sir Charles) as the first Provincial Grand Master in 1774. This Grand Lodge emanated from the Union Lodge (now extinct) which began and ended its career in the "Globe."
Among the notabilities initiated therein were Sir John Graves Simcoe, the first Governor of Upper Canada; two Bishops—Peterborough and Lincoln. It was at the Globe also that the Senior Freemasons Lodge of England—St. John the Baptist Lodge met in 1803, and for long afterwards. The hotel is in close proximity to the Devon County War Memorial Cross, which is to be unveiled by the Prince of Wales on Monday next.
Western Times - Friday 13 May 1921


The arrangements for the unveiling of the Devon war memorial at Exeter include the reservation of a large space in front the Globe Hotel and around the back of the memorial for relatives of the fallen, and over 1,000 tickets have been issued for the enclosure. Across the road from the comer the of the memorial site to the railings of the Cathedral Green will an enclosure for subscribers.
The guard of honour will be drawn up across the roadway from the corner of Broadgate in the Green. The clergy and choir will occupy a position at the lower corner of the Green on which the Memorial stands, and behind them the Salvation Army Band will be stationed. The disabled ex-service men will form inside the Westgate, and the V.A.D., nurses, Cadets, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides will occupy places around the Cathedral Green and the vicinity of the memorial.
Subject to police arrangements, the public will be allowed to occupy the road surrounding the Cathedral Green railings.
Mayor Exeter (Mr. A. C. Rcper), appeal for decorations, says: “May I invite my fellow-citizens to decorate their premises with flags and banners along the route that will be traversed by the Prince of Wales Monday, so to enhance the welcome and the loyal greeting which the city desires to extend to him?
“I would also invite the heads of business establishments along the line of the route to raise their blinds and shutters on the occasion, so to give the streets a more attractive appearance than is usual on a Bankholiday.”
Western Morning News - Friday 13 May 1921


In the Divorce Court, yesterday, Mr. Justice granted a. decree nisi to Mrs. Emma Wedgwood of Well-street, Exeter, because of cruelty and misconduct of her husband, Charles Wedgwood, a contractor. There was no evidence. Petitioner said she married respondent in February, 1901, at Trinity Church, Ripon. The marriage was not a happy one, as her husband was vary cruel to her, and eventually assaulted her. In November 1920, she obtained an order against him for persistent cruelty, and on the day she obtained the order she returned home for her and belongings and found her husband had installed another woman in the house, as she found a seal-skin coal and a hand-bag under the bed and some jewellery in the kitchen. She could not find the woman respondent as had hidden her.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 14 May 1921


Further particulars are available of the housebreaking perpetrated at Exeter during the visit of the Prince Wales Monday and reported in yesterday's “Western Morning News and Mercury." Mr. R. Truscott, of Colshill, Spicer-road, supposed to have been the victim. The thieves, who were apparently disturbed there by the return of some children from greeting the Prince, then probably made their way towards the outskirts of the city, breaking into the private houses of Mr. J. Ellett Lake (jeweller, High-street), at Glencoe, Lyndhurst-road, and Mr. H. M. Horsfall, of Lahill, Wonford-road, where the key of a wardrobe in Mr. Lake's house, evidently dropped by an invader, was found lying on the floor.
Mr. Truscott and household left their house about 2.30, after carefully securing the doors and windows. The children returning from Sidwell-street at 4.15, went to a point the garden from which would be able see the Prince pass on his way to Exmouth. Going to the house at 4.30, they found the front door wide open. The lock, a new one fixed on Friday had been forced with a chisel. Immediately on making the discovery, the children ran to their parents' shop in Sidwell-street, from which the police were summoned. It, was found that two bedrooms had been entered, and three locked drawers in the dressing table prized open. About £100 worth of jewellery was taken, including Mrs. Truscott's opal set of of ear-rings, pendant, necklace, and brooch an opal and diamond ring, several gold bracelets, gold studs and gold and emerald studs, a diamond tie-pin, and a gold and diamond scarf-ring and a watch and chain. Both bedrooms had been ransacked, but the silver plate was untouched.
The police have a clue in the finger-prints on the casket from which some of the jewellery was taken.
It is supposed that the thieves were again disturbed at Mr. Lakes house, only about £6 or £7 was as taken. No attempt was made on a safe, in which money was kept. The back door had been burst open, nearly every room in the house ransacked, drawers pulled out and clothes thrown about the floor. Again gold studs and links were taken but there was very little jewellery about.
All that was taken at Lahill was £10 and a diamond tie-pin.
The house was left from 1.40 till after 7 o’clock. The thieves entered by breaking open a side-door with jemmy, and the footmarks were discovered on the the return of the occupants.
Western Morning News - Thursday 19 May 1921

Fatal Accident at Exeter

At 8.15 a.m. yesterday, Mary Shelston, aged 60, of No. 4, Ebrington-terrace, Exeter, stepped off the pathway near her home and was knocked down by a motor car. She sustained injuries to her head and face, and was conveyed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where she was detained. The unfortunate woman had only been the hospital an hour and ten minutes when she succumbed to her injuries. An inquest will be held today.
Western Times - Saturday 21 May 1921

Motor Car and Motor-Cycle in Collision

Saturday afternoon a collision took place between a motor cycle ridden by Mr. Wm. Snell, of No. 14; Salem Place, Exeter, and a motor car driven Mr. H. Pratt, at Fairbank, Polsloe-road, at the corner of Polsloe Road and Park-road, Exeter. Mr. Snell sustained injuries to his face and shoulder and Mrs. Shell cuts on her face, while Mr. Pratt, though bodily uninjured, suffered from the shock of the collision. Mr. Snells motor cycle was badly damaged, but the motor car was practically uninjured, the only damage being a broken front lamp. First aid was rendered by Police-Inspector Snell and Sergt. Arnold of the St. St John Ambulance Brigade, and the injured parties were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where they were treated, but not detained. On Saturday afternoon when Walter John McConnell of 26, Cambridge-street, Exeter, was riding a motor cycle with a sidecar down Bridge-street, Exeter, he collided with a bath chair in which was seated Miss Shearer, of 8a, Bartholomew-terrace, Exeter, who was thrown out but escaped injury.
Western Times - Monday 23 May 1921/p>


The business of Messrs. H. C. Lloyd and Son, Limited, tobacco manufacturers, Fore-street, Exeter, which has been under the control of the Court of Chancery since 1913, is to closed by order of the Court. The main part of the factory closes down this week, and over 100 workpeople, several of whom have been with the firm over half a century, will be unemployed. For upwards of 100 years the business has been one of the most important local industries. It came into the possession of the Lloyd family in 1843. Orders on hand will be executed, and there is a possibility of another company being formed to take over the business.
Western Morning News - Monday 23 May 1921

He Would Like to Spend Some Hours in the City

At St. David's Station Wednesday, the Prince of Wales had a brief talk with the Mayor and Town Clerk of Exeter after the signing of the Distinguished Visitors’ Book, and expressed his gratification at the reception the citizens had given him. He said he hoped to spend more time in the City on a future visit. "We have much that would interest your Highness," said the Town Clerk, and the reply was, “Yes, I should like to spend several hours in Exeter." The Prince shook hands with the Chief Constable of Devon (Captain Vyvyan), and congratulated him on the excellent arrangements throughout the tour; also with the Chief Constable Exeter, and again with the Mayor.
Western Times - Friday 27 May 1921


A request from the contract manager of the Post-office telephones that allowed to fix telephone call office kiosks at suitable points in Exeter is to allowed by the Streets Committee alter the City Survey after the has made a report on the matter.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 28 May 1921

Well-Known Ex-Service Man Disappears

The Devon County and Exeter City Police are engaged on the investigation of a mystery which becomes more extraordinary as their enquiries proceed.
Mr. Francis Charles Woolley, the hon. secretary of the United Services Club, Exeter, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Family Association, and several other organisations, has vanished. The official particulars available are follow:
He was last seen between 4p.m. and 5p.m. on Saturday last, 21st; age 57; height five feet one or two inches; sallow complexion; black moustache; slight build; walks with quick, short steps; wearing sports coat, breeches, brown leggings and boots, and Trilby hat; ribbons on jacket, 1914, General Service and Victory. Mr. Wooley resided with his wife and ten months' old child at 25 Baker-street, Heavitree. Saturday afternoon last week he called at the United Services Club, and then had with him an attache case. He stated that he was going to Morchard Bishop, and although he made no definite statement of his business there, it was thought that he was going for the purpose of propaganda work in connection with one of the ex-Service men's organisations with which he was connected.
His wife saw him when left the Club about four o'clock, and he then wished her good-bye, and said he should be back again on Monday. That was the last she saw of him. She also understood that was going on organisation work.
Our reporter on Saturday discovered that was seen six at o'clock the same evening in the Museum Hotel, Exeter, and it is thought that be was then in the company of a friend from Crediton, whose name is not known, except that he is called "Bert." If this gentleman can be traced, he may be able to throw some light on the later movements of Mr. Woolley, as it seems apparent that by this time he had abandoned the idea of going to Orchard Bishop that night.
Further enquiries go to show that about an hour later he called his employer, Mr. G. Roberts, draper, of Queen-street, for whom he was a traveller, and settled up books for the week. That is the last definite news that we have yet been able to discover about the missing man. It is stated however, that someone told one of Mr. Roberts' travellers that they saw Mr. Woolley in the neighbourhood of Northernhay, Exeter, as Monday morning. At the moment there is no confirmation of this, but it said that the information was given by one who knows Mr. Woolley well.
His disappearance is an extremely mysterious one, as it cannot be discovered that he had any financial or other worries. He is thought to have had sufficient money in his possession to keep him for some time.
He is known to have been working very hard lately on the honorary work, for which he took responsibility, and it can only be imagined that he has had mental breakdown.
Anyone who saw the missing man after six o'clock would do a real service by communicating with either with us, or with the County or City Police. The smallest scrap of information is very likely to prove of great service.
Western Times - Monday 30 May 1921


The discovery of a man's straw hat, walking-stick, and newspaper on the Exeter Canal banks yesterday was reported to the police, who traced footprints to the water's edge. Dragging operations were carried out, and the body of a man, between 25 and 30 years of age, was recovered. On the body, which has not been identified, were several letters addressed to a dentist at Abersychan, Wales. The hat bore the name of a Newport firm. It is stated that just before the discovery of the articles, a man wearing a straw hat and carrying a stick was seen walking in the vicinity with a "disconsolate look” on his face.
Western Morning News - Tuesday 31 May 1921

EXETER WALKING RACE Walking race Goodheart (winner) and Selly (second) provided an exciting finish to the Exeter, Exmouth walking match organized by Harry Hems and Sons for their employes.
Western Morning News - Monday 30 May 1921


April 1921

Warriors' Day at Exeter

Warriors' Day was observed at the Theatre Royal, Exeter, yesterday, when a combined programme, by arrangement with directors of the Theatre Royal and the Hippodrome, Messrs. Macdonald and Young and the Variety Artistes' Federation delighted a fair house. All the artistes, musicians, and staff gave their services, and the whole of the proceeds will be handed over to Earl Haig's Fund for Ex-Service Men. Macdonald and Young presented the second act of "The Lilac Domino," and acceptable items were contributed by Max Sterling, Winifred Ellice and Arthur Dee; Buff and Franklin, Evelyn May, and Prince Tokio. During the interval, two bound scores of "The Maid of the Mountains," presented by Messrs. Macdonald and Young, were put up by auction by Mr. Mark Rowe, Messrs. Mark and Sons, on behalf of the fund. Two Australian parakeets, presented by an Exmouth lady, were also submitted at auction. The grand piano was lent by Mr. J. C. Guest. Western Times - Friday 01 April 1921


Another attractive programme has been arranged for patrons of the Exeter Hippodrome next week. Five of the six turns will be first appearances in the city. Topping the bill is Mary Sherrard, the new style comedienne whose services have been secured at considerable expense. Other turns are Fred Fitzroy, a novel speciality "Tarzan's Gymnastic Ape"; The West Maple Trio, in a Canadian musical scena, banjos, dancing, harmony, and comedy, introducing Dugandie, the banjo soloist; Wallie Pearce, the phenomenal dancer; Riley's Wonders, in their original act, "Playing at Pantomime"; Scott Argyle, the Scottish entertainer, with words and music. There will be special pictures on the bioscope. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 02 April 1921h3>An Alleged Exeter Failure At the meeting of Devon Main Roads Committee yesterday, a resolution of the County Councils' Association in favour of adopting the left-hand rule for the footpath was received-Sir John Shelley: As has failed in the City of Exeter I think we can pass on.— No action wars taken. Western Times - Saturday 02 April 1921


Ada Sims, fixed abode, was charged at Exeter Police-court, yesterday, with failing to maintain her child, which had become chargeable to the Poor-law authorities. Accused she left the child with her sister while she sought work. Mr. Snell, clerk to Exeter Board of Guardians, said the child was left on its aunt's doorstep. Replying to questions, Sims admitted she did not have permission to leave the child at the aunt's house. She had been to the Easter Fair and was to have commenced work that morning as a domestic servant. Accused, who had been before the Magistrates on previous occasions, and had no suggestion to make how she should care for her child, was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment with hard labour. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 02 April 1921


"Patrons of the Palladium again have opportunity of seeing that famous picture, "The Story of the Rosary," which is making a welcome re-appearance for the first three days this week. Featuring Malvina Longfellow, this, production is of intensely dramatic interest, and should prove a big draw. "Movie Talks," Episode 10 of the serial, "The Whirlwind," and the usual incidental* complete the programme. For the latter half, the National Film Co.'s first big production, "Go and get it," is the star number, and is to be supported by “The Stage Hand," featuring Larry Senior, the comedian. "As a Man Thinks," the title of the principal attraction at the City Palace during the first part of the present week, is an absorbing drama, with plenty of material in it to attract and maintain attention. In brief, the representation is that of a husband who omits to remove the beam from his own eye before attempting to pick the mote from his wife's. The story that has been developed is translated on the screen, and the fact that the principal character is taken by Leah Baird indicates that the essential features are capably treated. Perplexed wives in search of ideas for correcting erring spouses will find a host of novelties from which make a selection for experimental purposes of the Sunshine comedy “Training for Husbands." But it would be as well for those prepared to put any of the sunshine system into practical use to bear in mind that even a worm has been known to turn. At the same time, the film is replete with fun. Other items in the Palace programme are Episode 7 of “The Fatal Fortune," a further instalment of Granger's "Marvels of the Universe," and "Pathe Gazette." Commencing with Thursday, the main feature of the programme will be "Love in the Wilderness" (from Gertrude Page's novel). An excellent provided at the Empire Theatre for the first three days of the week. The principal film is "The Light," a super-Fox production, in which there is exceptionally clever acting by Theda Bara. A laughable picture is the Bennett comedy, “It’s a Boy." The seventh episode of “Dare Devil Jack," depicting Jack Dempsev, continues to make the serial interesting. There are specially good pictures of the recent motor trial between London and Land's End, including photographs at London and Porlock Hill. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 05 April 1921

Exeter Girl Charged With Bigamy

Jessie Adcock, 18, an Exeter girl, was charged at Plymouth on Saturday with committing bigamy by marrying John Richards last month, her former husband, whom she was married twelve months ago, being then alive.—P.C. Denley, who received accused in custody from the Exeter police, said the girl told him, "Richards knew I was married before I left Exeter. After came to Plymouth with him I asked him let me return to my husband, but made me marry him." A remand was granted by the magistrates. Western Times - Tuesday 05 April 1921


Several articles changed hands at the auction jumble sale of photographic oddments held in connexion with the Exeter Camera Club. Members were allowed to put into sale any article they wished. The offchance of obtaining a bargain attracted a many lady and clerical members, and their enthusiastic bidding would have raised ? jealousy in many a drapery establishment at sale time. Mr. E. C. Gregory proved a persuasive and humorous auctioneer, but even his fulsome praise of some of the items failed to realise a sale, and a certain archaic dark room lamp, a minimum reserve price of 3d on its head still remains the property of the original a owner. There were some excellent bargains be had at reasonable prices, and, on the whole, the innovation was a success. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 14 April 1921

Interesting Wireless Demonstration at Exeter

At the fortnightly meeting Exeter District Wireless Society held at the Queen's Hotel, Exeter, a highly interesting and successful demonstration was given by Messrs. H. E. Allcock (hon, secretary) and A. H. Brooking (hon. treasurer). Mr. Allcock gave a brief description of the apparatus used in the demonstration, explaining how signals would sent out, by European stations and received in that hotel and automatically printed on paper. He emphasised the necessity of secrecy in regard to all signals except weather reports, and time signals, and being assured on this point proceeded to obtain signals from Berlin and other stations. These were passed through a special type of sensitive relay made by the demonstrators, and thence the printing machine. The whole of the evening signals were recorded from various stations, and the apparatus behaved in a very genial manner, giving no trouble from the moments the signals were received, and recorded them in a perfectly clear type. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to Messrs. Allcock and Brooking, The Society will soon be fitted with workshop and tools, including a lathe, many the item being promised by various members. In the near future an exhibition will be arranged, and members are working hard on apparatus of various descriptions. Western Times - Wednesday 20 April 1921

Exeter Touring Cycle Club Dissolved

The opinion of the members of the Exeter Touring Cycle Club, at meeting held the White Hart Hotel, South-street, Exeter, last evening, for the purpose of winding the Club, was that cycling clubs were a thing of the past. The Chairman (Mr. A. J. Littlejohns) expressed his regret that they should be dissolved. Unless there was younger blood introduced into the Club they could not expect to carry on. They were in the stage "has beens."—It was proposed and seconded that the Club be dissolved, and the motion was carried. The sum of £5 10s 6d, which stood to the Club's credit, it was agreed should be sent to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, after expenses had been paid. Western Times - Wednesday 20 April 1921

Damage to Potato Crops in Exeter District

A very severe frost occurred in Exeter and district yesterday. In many places much damage was done to the fruit crops. Gooseberries in particular suffered severely. Early potato stalk were cut down badly. Western Times - Thursday 21 April 1921


Exeter's position in regard the coal famine is not so serious as that of some neighbouring towns, but if the mines continue idle it will soon become critical. EXETER STOCK OF DOMESTIC COAL. Of domestic coal the stocks in the merchants' yards at the present moment do not exceed a total of 535 tons, as compared with 696 tons a week ago. Allowing for cases in which extra quantity was claimed account of illness, and for some person having taken their fortnight's allowance in one week, it is roughly estimated that at the rate of the present distribution —namely, a half cwt. per week—there is enough in stock to keep the citizens supplied for domestic purposes for between three and four weeks. That would mean a total about 150 tons week. The actual distribution for the past week was 163 tons. Much depends, course, on the weather. If the cold spell continues, more will coal be consumed. Five thousand permits were issued at the office of the Coal Controller (Mr. T. Moulding) for the week ending yesterday. An increase of permits to 7,000 would mean that the consumption would jump up to 193 tons per week, and if they should go up to 9,000 – which is considered, the official view, not improbable—the consumption would be 290 tons per week. Under these circumstances, it would not be wise to reckon the City's stock- being sufficient at the present moment to carry over more than about 2½ or three weeks.
It will be seen that the City is getting unpleasantly close to coal starvation. At the instance of the Government, the Town Clerk has issued request all citizens exercise the strictest economy with the object of conserving all kinds of fuel. Householders are asked to limit the amount of cooking, the use of artificial light, and of water. If the situation does not quickly improve the Exeter Coal Control Committee will, it is expected, consider the advisability of further curtailing the weekly allowance…
Western Times - Saturday 23 April 1921

TRAGIC EXETER STORY Child Sustains Fatal Burns in Mother's Absence

“Accidental death" was the verdict returned at an inquest held at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on Saturday the the 15 months old son of Sergt. Jas. Reynolds, R.G.A.
The evidence showed that the deceased was left in a bed-sitting-room at 54, Holloway-street, Exeter, while Mrs. Reynolds went downstairs. Five minutes afterwards Mrs. Reynolds heard screams, and on going upstairs found the deceased enveloped in flames. The child was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and died one hour after admission. Dr. Rolfe said with the exception the feet and ankles, practically the whole of the body was burnt. Mrs. Reynolds told the City Coroner (Mr. W. Unfold Brown) that she thought the accident was caused by the baby putting on the fire a brush which she left in the dustbin.
In reply to the Coroner, Sergt. Reynolds explained' that there was no fireguard around the fire because quite recently he had been taken from the permanent strength of the barracks to the attached list, ready to go to another depot at any moment, but he had thought of getting one. "I should have, however, carry it about with me. My wages will not allow me to carry too much about. I move about all over England, and have to take my wife with me, but the Government bears no portion of the expense.
Western Times - Monday 25 April 1921


A spark from the kitchen fire 45, St. David's Hill. Exeter, occupied Mr. G. F. Marshall, was the cause of about £75 damage being done yesterday. It is believed that the spark set fire to the contents of a basket, and that this, in turn, ignited some clothes on a stand, with the result that the table and most of the furniture in the kitchen were eventually involved, while a quantity of glass vas smashed as a result of firefighting operations. The Exeter Fire Brigade, under Supt. Pett, was at the scene within three minutes of receiving the call, but found that the outbreak had been practically subdued by a number of men working at the house. The damage is covered by insurance in the Commercial Union.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 27 April 1921


The Governors of Exeter Dispensary, despite the fact that a few months ago they revised their scale of charges for the treatment of patients, find difficulty making the income meet expenditure. Consequently, at a special meeting of the Governors, yesterday, it was agreed that cases of maimed people, otherwise eligible, and their children, or others entirely dependent upon them, the wage limit be raised from £2 to £3 week, and that persons in receipt of 50s a week and over should pay 1s a week for medicine instead of 6d per week. It was also decided that, in addition to the last charge, persons receiving £1 a week or over, if admitted as particular cases, namely, where the wages are from £3 to £3 10s, the nominal additional fee be not less than 2s 6d a week, and that, in cases where wages were from £3 10s to £4, the nominal additional fee be not less than a 5s a week. The Mayor (Mr. A. C. Roper) expressed hope that the Committee would not sacrifice medical work owing to expenditure on surgical work. The Chairman, Canon McLaren, Dr. Pereira Gray, Mewrs. Hoyle, Lisle, and Pring assured the Mayor that the Committee was fully cognisant of the importance of the institution confining efforts to medical work whenever possible. Dr. Pereira Gray remarked that the surgical work was generally of a very minor character, and that appliances required were usually mainly paid for by patients. The Mayor said he had every confidence in the Committee. He only mentioned the matter with a view to saving money on surgical work, which might be performed elsewhere if the cost to the institution were large. He had in mind that the Dispensary was a medical institution.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 28 April 1921

Cat in Cyclist's Wheel at Exeter

A cat was the cause of an Queen-street, Exeter, last evening. When James Atkins, of 2, Park-road, Polsloe-road, Exeter, was passing the Victoria Hall, a cat ran across the road and got entangled in the front wheel his cycle, with the result that Atkins was thrown heavily to the ground, sustaining a cut near the eye, through his glasses breaking. He was taken to the Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was treated Dr. Goldsmith and made out patient.
Western Times - Thursday 28 April 1921

Property Sales at Exeter

At the Bude HoteI, Exeter, yesterday, Mr. Frank G. Walkey sold by public auction No. 29 and No. 41. Thornton Ball, Exeter, the former being purchased Mr. W. H. Hamlin (of High-street, Exeter), for £1,300, and the latter by Major J. S. Conole (of Silverstown, Dawlish.), for .£1,OOO. The solicitor for the vendor was Mr. Norman J. Lake, of Exeter. At the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter yesterday, Messrs. Wilson, Son and Coombe offered for sale by auction the attractive freehold country residence, known *' Spurfield/' Exminster, with well timbered grounds, gardens stabling, motor house, cottages, and productive land, all about 9¼ acres. A special attraction was the fact that possession was obtainable on completion of the purchase. The bidding, however, not reaching the reserve figure, the property was withdrawn and may be treated for privately.
Western Times - Friday 29 April 1921

Exeter Comrades

At a meeting of "The Comrades of the Great War," held at 143, St. Sidwell-street, Exeter, the following resolutions were passed: – "That this meeting of the Committee of “The Comrades the Great War,” having considered the case of the man Maunder, of Rockbeare, Exeter, who advertised for a man specially stipulating that 'no ex-Service man need apply,' would impress upon all ex-Service men and patriotic citizens that he should be similarly treated, and that no ex-Service men, those who have relatives and friends who served, or who have relatives and friends men made in the great war, should have any dealings whatever with an individual who has no sense of gratitude for those who fought for him and endured great hardships, whilst he was living comfortably at home." It was also resolved that the Secretary write to the member for Exeter (Sir Robert Newman. M.P.) drawing his attention to the fact that whilst there are 800 ex-Service men unemployed in the City, young girls are going taken the Army Pay Corps, and that overtime is being worked, and ask him if will endeavour see that A.C.I. 223 of 1921, dealing with the employment of ex-Service men is adhered to, both in the spirits and letter by these ?
Western Times - Friday 29 April 1921

Exeter Amateurs Exeter Operatic Society Members of the Exeter Amateur Operatic Society, who have been performing "The Rose Persia" this week. They are:—Top (left), Miss M. Bendall, Mrs, W. F. Crabb, Miss W. M. Balchin; (right), Mr. C. Bartlett and Mrs. Sturdy. Bottom (left), Miss Balchin and Mr. W. Isaac; (right), Miss Tamlyn.
Western Morning News - Saturday 23 April 1921


March 1921


About 10.45 yesterday morning a collision occurred between two motor cars at the bottom of Summerland-street, Exeter. Frederick James Putty, R.E. Headquarters, was driving a motor from Eaton-place at the time a motor car driven by Charles Edgar Lowe, of the Railway Hotel, Held, was coming from Clifton-road into Eaton-place. Both cars were damaged, but no one injured. Henry R. Mawle, 93, Old Tiverton-road was driving a motor car with chassis in tow from Radford-road into Holloway-street about 5 p.m. when he collided with a cycle ridden by Dr. William Percy, R.G.A., Topsham Barracks, who sustained a cut thumb and had his cycle badly damaged.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 01 March 1921

Exeter Boy International

Young Smale, the Exeter school boy, who played in the Boys' International Trial, West v. Last, at Bristol, on Saturday, and scored a try, has been given his International Cap, and will play for England against Wales.
Western Times - Tuesday 01 March 1921


A large congregation attended Alphington Parish Church Sunday afternoon to listen to an organ recital given by Rev. H. E. C. Lewis, M.A. F.R.C.O., who has been blind from birth. The rev gentleman also gave an inspiring address. A collection was taken in aid of the work of Sir Arthur Pearson Bart., G.B.E.. President of the National Institute for the Blind.
Western Times - Friday 04 March 1921

AFTER THREE YEARS Mystery of Etonian Soldier's Fate Solved

Mrs. R. Clatworthy, of 122, Fore-street, Exeter, has received official notification from the Imperial War Graves Commission, that the body of her son, 10459, Pte. S. Clatworthy, Broadclyst, was found in the vicinity of Lillebecke during the exhumation of bodies from cemeteries in places unsuitable for permanent retention. The remains have been interred in Crater Cemetery, Lillebcke The new grave been only marked with a cross bearing all particulars, and registered at the office of the Commission. Appropriate religious service was conducted and the reburial was carefully and reverently carried out. Pte. Clatworthy, who was unmarried, joined in August, 1914. At one time he was working a farm at Broadclyst. Wounded in the of Battle Loos, he was brought to England for hospital treatment, then returning in France, but, blood-poisoning taking place, was once again sent to hospital. In April, 1916, he returned to the front, and in October 1917, the report was received by his mother that he was "missing, believed prisoner of war." From that time until now Mrs. Clatworthy has lived in hope that sooner or later news of her son would be received from Germany. Now all doubts have been set at rest with the official notification of the finding of the body.
Western Times - Friday 04 March 1921


Interest of almost a unique nature attaches a to movement which has been headed by the Mayor of Exeter to signalise the jubilee of Mr. John Stocker's entry into public life. On March 16th 1871, was held the first meeting of the St. Thomas School Board, to which Mr. Stocker had been elected, and never since that time has there been any long intermission in his activities for the public weal, though they have increased vastly since the absorption of the parish in the city. His work has extended to almost every department of civic life, and to extent unparalleled in most boroughs he has been the very of centre events. But education has never ceased to exercise first claim on his enthusiasm and energy, and the teachers of the city are well represented by the Committee which has in hand the duty in raising a presentation fund. Subscriptions should be forwarded before the 9th inst. one of the Hon. Secretaries (the Town Secretary for Education; the Hon. Treasurer (Mr. W. Kendall King, Fox Fowler’s Bank, High-street).
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 05 March 1921

Exwick v St Thomas – Cup Fever

Football enthusiasts all over the country were “talking cup" on Saturday, and had our own little cup-tie tit-bit in the nature a semi-final for the East Devon Senior Cup between St. Andrew's (Exwick) and St. Thomas United. Marsh Barton was the venue on this occasion, and despite its distance from the city and several counter-attractions, there was a large attendance. The result was a goalless draw. Therefore, these two stalwart Victory League teams will have to try for a conclusion again. St. Thomas started with rare dash, but as the, game progressed the teams proved themselves to be very evenly matched, and at no portion of the game did a score seem probable. A correspondent who was present at the match writes: —"Excitement ran high at Marsh Barton when St. Andrew's (Exwick) and St. Thomas United met for the semi-final for the East Devon Senior Cup, which drew a large crowd. St. Thomas won the toss, and at once got into their stride and forced three corners, which were cleared, and Exwick took play to the other end. This was short-lived, however, St. Thomas coming again, Bargery having hard luck not scoring. Exwick arrived hard get going, and eventually succeeded, and nearly opened their account. Gill then missed a glorious opportunity for St. Thomas just before the interval, which came with the score sheet blank. In the second half Exwick steadily gained the upper hand, and but for the excellent defence, the United would have scored, Exwick continued to have the better of the argument, their right wing being very dangerous. The defences prevailed, and time arrived with nothing scored. The game was fought fast pace throughout. St. Andrew's were slightly the superior side, but the United forwards were always dangerous when they got going. Worth played a sterling game at right back for Exwick, while Densham shone left back for the United. When the contemplated match with the, East Devon League comes off the Victory League need look no further for their backs. Hunns was frequently in the picture, with good saves in the United goal, while Greenslade although not frequently tested, did all that was asked of him in his usual clever style. J. Greenslade (Exwick) was the outstarding half. He played a tireless game, as did the rest of the halves both sides. Hammond (Exwick) and Bargery (St. Thomas) were the pick of two moderate sets of forwards. In the replay the team which scores first should enter the final stage.”
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Monday 07 March 1921

EXETER RUGBY CLUB The Teams to do Duty for Saturday Next

Exeter Rugby Chiefs' journey to Devonport on Saturday to meet the R.N.E. College side, a game which is being looked forward to with a deal of interest by Three Towns Rugby enthusiasts. At the County Ground there should be keen struggle between the Exeter Reserves and St. Luke's College... After the Reserve match the Exeter Juniors will play the Honiton Juniors.
Western Times - Tuesday 08 March 1921

Ex-Service Man at Exeter Who Has Had 63 Doctors

Mr. A. S. Gamble, of Penzance, who served through the war in the Royal Engineers, has every reason to be thankful that he came to Exeter, was invalided home from France with a complaint which seemed to mystify doctors. For over three and half years has been in and out of hospital, and had resigned himself to the fact that he would always have to walk with a stick, and would never be able stand upright again. Altogether he has been in the hands of no less than 63 doctors, none of whom was able to help him very much. Less than month ago he was sent to the Ministry of Pensions Neurological Hospital at Palace Gate, Exeter. Yesterday our reporter found him walking about the wards and appearing quite normal. He stated that he was not yet free from pain, but expressed his delight having made such a wonderful and sudden recovery.
Western Times - Tuesday 15 March 1921


Two Exeter lads. Frederick Durant, of 2, Colleton Grove, and Sidney Adarns, of 3, Colleton Grove, both aged 17, found themselves before the Wonford Magistrates, yesterday, as a result of a raid they made on a market garden at Alphington, where they did damage to violet plants and bulbs, to the extent of 15s, on March 6th. The market gardener, Mr. Edgar Southcott, told the Bench he saw the lads pulling up violets. When they saw him they ran away, and he had chase them two miles before he caught them. He had suffered considerably from such visits in the past. Adams, whose first appearance it was in a Police-court, was given an excellent character by P.S. Webb, and fined 5s and half the damage (12s 6d all), the Chairman (Mr. E. C. Perry) gave him some good advice as to his future conduct. Durant, who had been before the Bench several times, being eventually sent to a Reformatory, was fined £1 and ordered to pay 7s 6d towards the damage. He was warned that future offences would be much more seriously treated. His mother said he was given remission sentence the Reformatory for good conduct and since he had been at work had a good character.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Wednesday 16 March 1921

EXETER DIVORCE Naval Commander Obtains a Decree Nisi

In the Divorce Division yesterday the petition was heard of Henry Hew Gordon Stoker, Commander in the Navy, for divorce from his wife., Olive Joan Violet Gwendoline Stoker, on the grounds of her adultery with a man unknown. Evidence was given that the marriage took place in November, 1908, at Exeter Registry Office, and they lived in Exeter, Devonport and Portsmouth. Petitioner was in charge of Submarine AE 2, which was lost in April, 1915, in the Sea of Marmora. Prior to that, he was cruising in the Pacific in search of Von Spee's squadron. After the sinking of his submarine, he was taken prisoner by the Turks, at whose hands he suffered hardships for three years. Respondent had a child in May, 1914, which petitioner said he was not the father. Respondent did not enter the witness-box. It was asked by her counsel that the question of the custody of the child and an allowance to the wife should be adjourned into Chambers. After this bad been privately discussed, the judge pronounced a decree nisi, gave petitioner the custody of the child, and said he could not order petitioner to make an allowance.
Western Times - Saturday 19 March 1921


The management of the Palladium has secured, at big expense, an excellent programme for patrons for the first half of this week. The premier position is occupied by a screen version the popular novel, “Patricia Brent, Spinster." This film is described as one the best pictures depicting tit-bits of London life. Comedy is provided by that master of laughter-makers, Lupino Lane, who appears in an Ideal production, entitled “Clarence, Crooks, and Chivalry." The serial, Whirlwind,' continues to be thoroughly interesting, and nobody should miss the present instalment. During the latter half of the week Constance Collier will appear in the Ideal picturisation of “Bleak House," the novel by Charles Dickens. In addition, there will be Episode 10 of “The Great London Mystery'' and the usual topical, comedy, and educational films…
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 15 March 1921


Several children from Exeter were playing near the mill leat, close to Station-road, Exwick, yesterday afternoon, when a ball dropped into the water. In endeavouring to rescue the ball, a boy, seven years of age, named George Bealey, of Summerland-street overbalance and fell in. The current, which is strong at that point, carried the boy down stream. Fortunately, a number of young men were playing in the adjoining Exwick Pleasure ground, and alarm being raised, they quickly responded. A young man named Pulton immediately entered the water, and rescued the boy, who was brought round and taken to Mrs. Richards, Rackfirld-terrace, when a hot bath soon restored him.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 26 March 1921

Exeter and Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. Football Teams. Exeter and Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. Football Teams EXETER Y.M.C.A. visited Barnstaple on Saturday to play the local Y.M.C.A. football team, and were defeated after a fast and exciting game by 5 goals 3. Afterwards the teams were entertained to tea by Mrs. F. A. Jewell, late Mayoress, and a forcible talk full of humour was given by Capt. Phillips, of Bydown, President of Barnstaple Y.M.C.A. 
Western Times - Friday 11 March 1921


February 1921

WONFORD FARMER SHOT Distressing Rabbiting Accident at Heavitree

A distressing accident befell Mr. Richard Blatchford, farmer, Hill farm, Wonford; while rabbit shooting in that parish on Saturday afternoon. Accompanied by Mr. Edmund Hill Westcott, builder, of Homefield Lodge, Fore-street, Heavitree, Mr. Blatchford was ferreting at half-past three at a high hedge in a field at Hilly Ridge. Mr. Westcott was on one side and Mr. Blatchford on the other side of the hedge, which was so high that they could not see each other. A rabbit bolted, which we understand was fired at Mr. Westcott, and it is believed that the charge went through an aperture, or hole in the hedge, concealed by the foliage, and Mr. Blatchford was struck in the eye. Mr. Westcott, hearing a cry of distress from his companion, jumped over the hedge and found Mr. Blatchford bleeding profusely. He assisted him to Pyne Hill Farm, and sent for Dr. Hipwell, who motored down and ordered his removal to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Mr. Blatchford was conveyed to the institution in the John motor ambulance, and detained. Western Times - Tuesday 01 February 1921

County Athletic Ground, Exeter

An appeal is being made by Exeter Rugby Football Club for financial assistance to enable them to carry out very necessary and additions to the Devon County Athletics Ground, of which they have become tenants. Already they have met with a greatifying response. Western Times - Tuesday 01 February 1921

Lecture on Vivisection at Exeter

A very interesting lecture on Vivisection was given by Miss Beatrice M. Kidd, at the Small Barnfield Hall, Exeter, last evening. In the course of her address, Miss Kidd spoke of the cruelty of vivisection, saying that the practice was a useless one, and evidence of cruelty had been brought before a Royal Commission. She pointed out that vivisection was protected by the law, and referred to the large number of experiments made in connection with the production of sera and vaccine. The lecturer, at the conclusion of her address, said that any doctor in Exeter cared to debate the purely scientific grounds of the question, she would be willing to meet him. Interesting comments on vivisection were made by members of the audience following Miss Kidd's lecture. Western Times - Friday 04 February 1921


Young Lady's Sudden Death at Exeter While walking in Cowick-street. Exeter, on Saturday evening, Miss Beatrice Mary Coombe, aged 20, of 26, Prospect-place, St. Thomas, Exeter, suddenly broke blood vessel and died shortly afterwards. The inquest has been fixed for to-day. Western Times - Monday 07 February 1921

Exeter and the League of Nations

Sunday afternoon, at a meeting of the Mint Brotherhood, Exeter, addresses on behalf of the League of Nations were given by Mr. C. T. K. Roberts, who presided, and Councillor S. Seaton. Both speakers argued that the only hope for civilization was for the States of the world to give practical effect to the principles laid down by the League. An appeal was made to citizens join the Exeter branch. Several new members were enrolled. Western Times - Tuesday 08 February 1921

Motor Drivers Fined at Exeter

At Exeter City Police Court yesterday, Nathaniel Crockett, of 55, Summerland-street, Exeter, was fined 10s. for not having the front lights on a motor lorry he was driving fixed so to show the vehicle's full width, on February 2nd. For not having the rear identification plate of his motor sufficiently illuminated. Henry Tellbrook was fined 20s., and J. Durston, of 9, Clayton-road, Exeter, was fined for having the rear light of a motor, so fixed as to not properly illuminate his identification plate. Western Times - Thursday 10 February 1921

SIX MONTHS FOR BIGAMY Ex-Canadian Soldier's Promise to Second “Wife”

“I am prepared, from the day come out of prison, for the rest of my life, pay an income to Miss Summers for what she has suffered. As to my wife, I don t want to see her. She will not get a penny from onwards," declared Frank Napoleon Henry, a French-Canadian, when sentenced at Exeter City Assize yesterday to six months' imprisonment labour for bigamy. Mr. Hancock prosecuted, and Mr. Snow defended. Prisoner, formerly a lance-corporal in the Canadian Scottish, first married Victoria May Henry at Broadstairs, and there was one child of the marriage. He afterwards came to Exeter where he posed as a single man, and went through a ceremony of marriage with a young domestic servant named Nellie Summers, of 5, Queen-street, Honiton. He had never maintained his legal wife, but he corresponded with her until recently. To Nellie Summers he gave the name of Patrick Norman Henry. Mr. Snow said the prisoner's legal wife had refused to live with him, and he had to let his house and take apartments. Sentence was passed as stated. Western Times - Friday 11 February 1921

BREAD AT EXETER A Comedy of Prices in Which the Baker Still Scored

There evidently lack of Cohesion among the Exeter bakers. It will be remembered citizens expected that on Monday the price of bread would reduced in consonance with the wholesale cost of flour. True enough, on Monday a number of housewives were delighted to find their baker had reduced the price. In some cases it was ¼d, and in others 1d on the 4lb. loaf. Yesterday, however, came disillusion and disgust—an intimation, was given by the bread man that the redaction was unauthorised, and a demand made for an additional payment to make up the reduction granted on Monday! The incident illuminates the position, and citizens will all the more anxious to know why this little comedy was played, and why Exeter is behind other centres in reducing the price of the people's chief food. Western Times - Wednesday 16 February 1921

New Public Hall

Exonians will, no doubt, have been more or less anticipating the proposal considered by market bond-holders at a meeting at the Guildhall yesterday afternoon regarding the adaptation of one or other the two local general markets as a public hall. For many years, it is well known, the market buildings in Queen-street and Fore-street have been the scenes of little business, and the question of converting one of them into a public hall to take the place of the Victoria Hall, which was practically destroyed by fire nearly 18 months ago, has been freely canvassed. But, while a hall would be an unquestioned acquisition to the city, many doubt, the wisdom of embarking, at the present time, at any rate, upon a scheme with that end in view. The City Council holds something like £18,000 worth of bonds, and received last year about £1,050 in respect of tolls, whereas in former years something like £2,000 was the average. The cost of re-constructing either of the markets to serve the purpose of a public hall would be heavy, and, far as the Council is concerned, ought not to entertained until a more favourable financial position has been secured, it may be argued that employment would be provided. Admitted; but for only a comparatively few, and for a short time. The necessity of the moment is economy— the strictest economy—in public affairs. If, however, the present proposal is to be entirely backed by a private syndicate, well and good. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 February 1921


There was' an excellent attendance at Collings' Repository Exeter, yesterday, for the weekly sale of horses, motors, etc. Practically every horse in the catalogue was sold. Among the prices realised were:– Bay cart mare, 16 hands, 25gns.; bay pony 7 years, 13-2, 28gns.; bay cart mare. 16.2, 44gns.; chestnut cart mare 15 hands. 56gns.: brown cob, 14-3, 38gns. bay gelding. 14-2, 35gns.; bay horse, 15-1. 37gns. A 1920 Ford touring car was sold for £225. The next weekly sale will be held on Friday, 25th inst. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 19 February 1921


The body of an old woman was found on Saturday in the mill leat at Exeter by a man named John Crocker, 2, Tuckwell's Builings, Exe Island. It was afterwards identified as that of Mrs. Ellen Andrews, a widow, aged 85, of 6, Centre-street, Exeter. Mrs. Andrews had been living alone for several years, and on Monday, Miss Howard, of Radford-road, who had been in the habit of visiting her, found that she had gone out, and had not returned. She gave information to the police, and the same evening it is said that the old lady was seen walking in the direction of the river. Every enquiry by the police failed to discover any further trace of the old lady, until the recovery of her body on Saturday. An inquest will be held to-day. Western Times - Monday 21 February 1921

Cheque Fraud at Exeter

Exeter City Magistrates yesterday sent Leonard Henry Goudard, 10, Castle-street, Reading, to prison for fourteen days. He pleaded guilty to a cheque fraud at Exeter, though he said he had no idea the prosecutor had lost the money. He had no intention that he should be the loser, and was under the impression that had been repaid. The Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) explained that defendant went to a cycle dealer, named as John Charles Norton, who knew him slightly, having had business dealings with him, and stated that he had the toothache, and wanted to have his tooth extracted, but had no money on him, and could not get into his lodgings, as his landlady was out. He asked for a loan, but Mr. Norton was unable to oblige him. He then asked whether he could lend him a blank cheque, so that he could draw his own account. This was done, and defendant made out a cheque payable to himself, and signed it "W. Thorne." Having endorsed it properly, he went to Mr. John Elliot, 147, St. Sidweil-street, Exeter, and cashed it for £3. He then went to Port Talbot, where he was arrested Tuesday. Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921

Exeter Cyclist Messenger Boys Must Go More Slowly

Cyclist errand boys are in a hurry are, according to the Chief Constable and the Magistrates who sat on the Bench at the Exeter City Police Court yesterday, danger the streets of Exeter. Ernest Frederick Brown, 6, Sun-street, was summoned for riding a cycle in a manner dangerous to the public. It was stated that he was riding at a rate of fourteen to fifteen miles per hour past Queen-Street corner. He neglected to stop when signalled to do so by the policeman on point duty. He said he did not see the signal, and his employers informed the police that he was told hurry. He was fined 6s. Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921


The Finance Committee will recommend to the Exeter City Council, on Tuesday, that a borough rate of 2s 3¼d in the £ be levied for the half-year ending September 30th next, being 11½d for borough purposes and 1s 3¾d for education. The Committee will also recommend that the general district rate for the year ending March 31, 1922, be 7s 10d in the £. The latter will be collected in two moieties. These two rates make 6s 2¼d in the £ for the half year, or, assuming the borough rate remains the in the second half, in the £ for the year. But there are additional such as water rate, to come, so, comparison between rates for the year coming year with the current one arrears not yet possible. So far as the general district rate is concerned, however, the increase is 1s 2d in the £. Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 26 February 1921

Late Capt. S. L. Gamlen Robert Long Gamlen. M.D. THE late Robert Long Gamlen. M.D.. I.M.S. (retired*, whose funeral took place' at on Monday, was the third eon of the late Mt. Leonard Blagdon Gamlen, J.P., of Crediton. Deceased was his 40th and his untimely death from blood poisoning has cut short a most promising career. He was extremely popular and will be sadly missed by his colleagues at the Palace Hospital. Exeter, where worked under the Ministry of Pensions. 
Western Times - Friday 25 February 1921


January 1921

Weather for last year

Although officially designated as a “half gale," the wind which blew over Exeter during Tuesday night seemed a full gale to those householders who were awake, anxiously listening to the heavy gusts, and wondering whether they would do any mischief to roofs, walls, and glass, for even the replacing of a few slates is a costly matter these days. Apparently, the material damage done in the city was not great. A couple of garden walls were practically demolished in St. Thomas, while reports are to hand of roofs and greenhouses being slightly damaged elsewhere. The rainfall for the 24 hours ended 10 o'clock yesterday morning was .44 inch registered at the Devon and Exeter Institution, bringing the total tor the month to 4.21 inches. During 1919 the fall has been 32.51 inches, which is about the average annual fall for the city. The earlier months the year were very wet, but, on the whole, the late spring and the summer months were dry and hot, although there was a spoil of broken weather about the beginning of September which was very disappointing to those who had to take their holidays at that time. Yesterday, generally speaking, was fine and colder, and one can only hope that are in for spell drier weather.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 January 1920

John Angel at the Museum

Exonians will do well, to take advantage of the opportunity now afforded them of seeing work by Mr. John Angel, R. B. S.. which has been put in view, at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. Mr. Angel has been entrusted with the Exeter war memorial, the design for which has excited a good deal of controversy. The exhibits of Mr. Angel, in the Museum, consist of five statuettes in bronze. The clearness of expression and the natural curving of the limbs are features. "The Knot" depicts two boys pulling together, and this statuette conveys an idea of boyishness which cannot fail to appeal to the spectator. Among new exhibits lent by Mr. Arthur Radford, of Bradninch Manor, is a German travelling casket, dated 1536 and stamped with the maker's name, "Hunrich Boner of Augsburg," which contains a very peculiar lock on the inside of the lid. The ingenious maker fixed a number of bars, which, when the key is turned, move together and lock all round the four edges of the box. A companion to it can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Another casket is of steel, inlaid with gold, with the heads of King Francis and his Queen, there is one of Charles 1st, an Italian jewel case of the time of James 1st, and a 15th century casket, on the lid of which are the remains of paintings. All are interesting and well worth a visit to the Museum.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 01 January 1920

Big Exe Pike Taken Near Cowley Bridge

One of the largest, if to the largest, pikes taken this year was caught by Mr. J. Greenslade, of East John-street, Exeter, in the Exe. It was in fine condition, and turned the scales at 16lb. Mr. Greenslade experienced great difficulty in landing the fish, as the bank of the river was very steep and slippery, and he had to gaff the fish himself. The fish took a live bait just below the junction of the Creedy with the Exe. Mr. Greenslade on the same day had five other fish, varying in weight from 6lb. to 9lb…
…The Exeter Angling Association had arranged a roving pike fishing competion for Boxing-day. Only a few anglers braved the elements.  One enthusiastic angler went to Thorverton, but found the Exe in flood. The Exeter and the Tiverton canals were, however in good condition, but only one or two anglers were out. No fish were weighed in…
Western Times - Thursday 01 January 1920

Street Incidents at Exeter

Alarm was caused near Bedford-street, yesterday, by the off wheel of a pony trap suddenly coming off. The pony commenced to bolt, but the boy in charge, Ed. May, pluckily prevented it from proceeding far. P.S. Underhill re-fixed the wheel. The owner is Mr. Parker, dairyman, South-street. Another exciting incident happened at the end of Queen-street during the morning. While John Bonus, of Alphington, was loading a waggon with meal at the goods' siding, the horse, bolted and proceeded toward towards the Clock Tower, where it was stopped by a pedestrian. No damage was done.
Western Times - Thursday 01 January 1920


The City Coroner (Mr. W. Linford Brown) conducted, at Exeter Court-house, last evening, an inquiry into the death of Charles Routh, aged 70, a retired solicitor, of Fairpark House, Fairpark-road, Exeter. Dr. C. H. Lovely said he was going down Fore-street on Thursday morning about 11.30, when he saw deceased collapse. With assistance he took deceased into a shop, where he succumbed a few minutes later. Death was due to heart failure, caused by heart disease. The Coroner found that deceased died from natural causes, and expressed sympathy with his relatives.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 03 January 1920


Exeter Man Sent to Prison

Yesterday Frederick May has a very poor opinion of the Labour Exchange.
He was before the Exeter City Bench yesterday, charged with sleeping out, and the charge sheet declared that he has neither home nor occupation. A constable heard him snoring in a shed in the railway yard at Queen-street in the early hours of the morning and brought him to the police station.
May frankly admitted the offence, but said he must sleep somewhere, and could not do it in the streets. He had money, and although he had walked miles looking for work, had been unable to find any.
Mr. P. Durden, from the Bench asked why he had not registered at the Labour Exchange.
Defendant said he understood that he could not obtain the donation because he had not served in the Army during the last war.
Mr. Burden : No, you won't get any donation, but you should register your name, and they are supposed to help find you a job.
“Yes, and lot of good that is," said defendant with contempt, adding, "When they were in North-street I registered my name, and was twelve montns before heard from them."
Chief Inspector Martin said defendant had been a frequent visitor to that Court, and as recently as March last was there for a similar offence. There had been many complaints about his sleeping out, and he seemed to sleep in the open more frequently then he did elsewhere.
The Bench decided to send him to prison for seven days, a decision which appeared to satisfy the defendant very well.
Western Times - Tuesday 04 January 1921


Owners of Firearms Must Obtain a Certificate

A case of importance to ex-soldiers and others desirous of keeping firearms as war trophies, was brought forward by the Chief Constable (Mr. A. F. Nicholson) at Exeter Police Court yesterday, when Mr. Tom Greenslade, of 18, Exwick hill, appeared to answer a summons for having in his possession for the past three months, a revolver, without holding a firearm certificate, contrary to the Act of 1920.
Mr. Nicholson said that when the Act was made, on September 1st last, its requirements were circulated extensively through out the country. It made the possession of firearms unlawful, except in certain cases of war trophies, provided the owner obtained a “dispensation" from the police. He had discovered that Mr. Greenslade had the revolver in question, and had not had a certificate. The defendant told him that he wished to keep the revolver as a war trophy, and he (the Chief Constable) was quite prepared to accept his statement. He felt bound to draw attention to the Act and to the liability of £50 fine or three months' imprisonment which contraveners incurred. H only asked the magistrates, in view of the circumstances of the case, to dismiss it as “case proven." The Bench—Messrs T. Bradley Rowe (in the chair) and A. T. Loram— agreed to this.
Western Times - Thursday 06 January 1921

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 of the Exeter Gas Company, and was being driven by Edward Callard, who, happily, escaped injury. The accident was caused 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, were Dr. Mills inserted two stitches in the wound. Green was afterwards able to proceed to his home.
Western Times - Saturday 10 January 1920

Exeter Works.



The Streets Committee of the Exeter Council will report, at a meeting on Tuesday next, that the Surveyor communicated the acceptance of tenders for making up Bonham-road to the Roads Department of the Ministry of Transport and inquired whether the cost of kerbing and channelling, i.e. £1,229, could, be included in the grant of £3,OOO in lieu of the surface of the Honiton-road, and had received a reply suggesting that, as it would be necessary to re-surface the Honiton-road next year, the kerbing and channelling of Bonhay-road be carried out under a further grant of £750 which the Department was prepared to make. The Committee resolved that this offer accepted.
The City Surveyor reported on a communication he had received from the divisional engineer of the Great Western Railway stating that the estimated cost of renewing Alphington-road railway bridge, if the existing pier was removed from the roadway, at £1,200. The Committee resolved to recommend that the City Council contribute the actual extra cost, not exceeding £l,200, incurred by the Great Western Railway Company by the removal of the existing pier when effecting the proposed renewal of the bridge, and that the method raising the amount be referred to the Financial Committee.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 10 January 1920


The Semi-National Eisteddfod, to which many have been looking forward with great interest, takes place at the King's Hall, Exeter next week commencing on Monday evening and ending on Friday evening.  Details of the several sessions will be found in an advertisement. The programme is very attractive while the musical character of the event for this part of the country should be a big draw. An exhibition will be opened on Thursday at noon by Lady Florence Cecil. Season and other tickets can be obtained from guest’s at 1999, High Street, Exeter, and easy application is desirable. Good entries have been obtained for the various competitions, and an enjoyable week is anticipated.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Friday 16 January 1920


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 by a train, was found on the Great Western Railway near Marsh Barton. It was removed under the direction of P.S. Bambury to the Alphington Institute, and the Coroner was communicated with.
The body was subsequently identified that of Mr. Frank Cross, aged 55, a 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 on 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 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 is probable that the inquest will held to-day.
Western Times - Monday 19 January 1920

Victoria Hall



The Victoria Hall, Exeter, came under the hammer, yesterday, at the Rougmont Hotel. Messrs. Herbert Fulford and Co., of Exeter, were the auctioneers, and they acted on behalf of the Hall Company. The property has a frontage on Queen-street of about 46 feet, and a ground area of about 13,000 super feet. The. greater part of the building was destroyed by fire on October 6th., 1919. It originally consisted in the front part of a spacious entrance vestibule, large board or cloak room, and lecture halt. 54ft 32ft., exclusive of an alcove about 24ft 10ft. The lecture hall, with two cloak rooms attached, was originally laid with a maple dancing floor, which had been taken up and stacked ready for relaying. The rear and main portion of the premises consisted of a large assembly hall, 112ft by 65ft., with an additional 15ft beyond the screen with two entrances and emergency exits, while a basement comprised cellars, kitchen, etc. The only parts left by the fire consisted of stone walls, foundations, and supports. The particulars of the sale stated:—"The recent fire upon the premises has deprived the locality of the only building in the district of anything like, its size for exhibitions, conferences, circuses, or public gatherings, and such a building is urgently required in the capital of the county. The front assembly rooms could be speedily reinstated and the main building re-constructed as a cinema, public hall, manufactory, pantechnicon, or for any purpose requiring spacious accommodation. The property abuts on the siding with landing stage of the London and South-Western Railway, and offers exceptional facilities for the receipt and dispatch of stage properties, horses, and heavy goods.” The solicitor for the vendors was Mr. W. H. Stone. 10, Gandy-street, Exeter, and the referee Mr. P. J. Kendall, of The Close, Exeter, barrister.
The hall was erected in 1868, after a public Company had been formed and the necessary capital subscribed. In 1880 an organ was erected in the large hall at a cost of about £2,000. The original cost of the whole building, together with the organ, was about £11,000. The. property was purchased not long since by a newly-formed company of Exonians for £3,750.
There was, at the auction, yesterday, a largo attendance, which included many influential gentlemen. Mr. Fulford said that, although the property was being offered in one lot, the back portion, which was practically demolished by fire, was well adapted for large stores. The front portion could easily be restored as a capital place for entertainment purposes. Another such valuable site could not be acquired in Exeter at present. The bidding was started at £3,000 by Mr. E Plummer. Mr. Harold Rowe increased the amount by a bid of £l,OOO. Subsequently bids were made by Messrs. Wilkeyson (Parnell Lang and Co.) and Westcott (Messrs. Austin and White). The property was eventually knocked down to the last-named for £4,600, on behalf of clients. Although the names were not divulged it is understood the property will pass into the hands of Messrs Rowe, Bros., and Co., Ltd., of Exeter and Bristol, glass, lead and oil merchants, and oil importers.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 20 January 1921


There were no developments in connexion with the plumbers' strike Exeter, yesterday, both sides holding firm to their position. We understand inquiries as to the situation have been received , from the Ministry of Labour, and that, probably, representative of the Ministry will visit the city if the dispute is not soon settled. Several of the men on strike have obtained work in other parts of country at enhanced wages, and we were informed yesterday that work of a like character could be found for most of the men if they cared to leave the city.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 22 January 1920



Exeter's pantomime “Aladdin"—entered its last week at the Theatre Royal last evening, and if there should be anybody in Devonshire who not yet seen it—the possibility seems improbable with the extraordinarily large "houses" Mr. Dunsford's production has drawn—he or she will be well-advised to snatch *at the last straw, and not let such a genuine treat pass beyond recall. This year's pantomime has been, in all respects, an excellent one, but it has commended itself principally by the writer of the original adaptation of the old story has been put. To feature a multitude of gags with local flavour, introduce lilting melodies with a weakness towards the jazz, to aim at originality on the rise of the curtain to the finale, and to generally make the production breathe an air of up-to-date frivolity can have been no easy accomplishment for the producer, who had to retain a very, very old story as the theme. It could b done, mind you, by simply allowing "Aladdin "—lamp and all—to pas ignominiously behind the veil of modernity, and to be lost in a maze of topical banter, but Mr. Dunsford had a broader conception, and is to be congratulated on retaining the parts of the story throughout a whole gamut of new ideas. Comprehensive reference has already been made in these columns to the admirable manner in which the artistes have responded to the calls made upon their histrionic, terpisichorean, and musical ability, and in this, the final notice it is only fair to say that the smooth working production has depended to a great extent upon whole-hearted work on the part of the men behind the scenes, whose task has been in no manner of means a sinecure. Let as hope “Aladdins” reception at Devonport, where it commences a fortnight's run next Monday, will be compatible with the pleasure it has given those who have visited the Theatre Royal since Boxing
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Tuesday 27 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, 10 butchers and meat stores, 4 offensive trades, 9 grocers, and 4 Council departments. Only in 81 instances have the returns asked for from applicants have been, made. Mr. Benham 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

TODAY'S WEDDING. TODAY'S WEDDING.Miss Mary Edith Gascoigne-Cecil (on left), second daughter of the Bishop of Exeter and Lady Florence Cecil, who will be married to-day at Hatfield to Capt. the Hon. Francis Manners son and heir of Lord Manners; and Miss Eve Gascoigne-Cecil (on right), who will be chief bridesmaid to her twin sister. (Blocks by The Western Morning News " Co.) 
Western Morning News - Saturday 29 January 1921


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