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Diary Dates 2015

Please also note that the Venue for the Bi-Monthly Meetings (excluding Outside Events) after the April meeting, the venue will be at the Black Box at the Phoenix Centre, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 meeting: AGM followed by a talk on the Wynards Almshouses
Please Note:
You have to be a paid up Member to Propose, Second or Vote on any matter brought up at the AGM. Membership Fees can be collected prior to the commencement of the AGM.
After the AGM there will be a Talk on the History of Wynards Almshouses.
Note: the AGM is at the Libarary

13th March 2015 Coach Trip to Tavistock Museum and Buckland Abbey
Full information about this Trip is in the January Newsletter.
If you are interested and wish to book or require further information email us on or phone 07503153193

9th April 2015 Magical Beliefs & Practices in the West Country. Talk given by author Steve Paterson. Venue Central Library.

May 2015 Visit to the Cygnet Theatre & its Environs – Details to follow.

Welcome to the Exeter Local History Society website

The Society exists to promote an interest in the history of Exeter - it is open to anyone who has an interest in the local history of Exeter.

Members can attend the bi-monthly meetings to listen to a variety of expert speakers on different aspects of Exeter's long history. In the past, subjects have covered the Trafalgar Trail, colourful clergy of Devon, the cinemas of Devon, and much more.

Visits to local places of interest are arranged, including in the past, the Devon and Exeter Institution, the Cathedral, walks around St Thomas and more.

Membership costs 12 per year (£16 couple) - to join please go to the Contact Page


The next meeting on 12 February is the Annual General Meeting (followed by atalk on Wynards Almshouses)

Our Chairman, Colin Laskey is standing down, and members are invited to propose a replacement from the existing committee, or propose a member for the post. The Society needs to have a Chairman, so it is important that you attend the meeting if you can. Plans will be discussed for the next year, and there will be a chance for members to comment in Any Other Business.

The King and Queen visit wounded soldiers at VA Hospital No 1 (Eye Hospital) - September 1915

King and Queen

Western Times - Thursday 07 January 1915
Spy Scare Exeter

Several rumours were current in Exeter yesterday to the effect that some German spies, who are supposed have visited the City motor-car, had been arrested by the police. The police at both the City and County Stations, however, state thai there no truth in the statements.

Western Times - Friday 08 January 1915
Exeter Bakers Decide to Increase Price of Bread

We have excellent authority for stating that the Exeter bakers, at meeting last evening, decided to advance the price of the quartern loaf to 7d, the increase to take effect Monday next.

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Saturday 09 January 1915

The two sharks captured by Mr. Litton, of Lympstone, a few days ago, will be again exhibited to-day in a shop in Sidwell-street, Exeter, near the corner of Paris-street, under the direction of the Committee who conducted the display of the devil-fish in the Highstreet. A penny is charged for admission, and the proceeds will devoted to the Mayoress of Exeter's Fund.

Western Times - Tuesday 12 January 1915
Exeter Athlete at the Front

A letter has been received in Exeter, written from the Front by a well-known local athlete, F. Bailey, who is serving with the R.A.M.C., having volunteered for service shortly after the war broke out. Bailey will be remembered in Exeter sporting circles as the City and Babbacombe Soccer player and the sprint and cross-country runner. He was formerly a member of the Exeter Harriers, and latterly of the Exmouth Harriers, being a member of the Exmouth Post Office staff. In his letter, he states that he and those who went out at the same time have now got quite used to their duties. They collect the wounded by night in motor-cars and ambulance wagons, and work at what is a called a clearing house. Lately they have had lot of cases of frost-bitten feet. Bailey adds that he has seen a lot of the Devons lately, and many men whom he knew at home. Sergt. White, the old Exeter City Soccer reserve captain, under whom he had often played, came into the hospital where he was on duty, and passed away there. "We get a game of football in and out," says Bailey, "but in spite of that and hard work, I am getting, like most of the others, a little fat. It must be the air or the fattening biscuits. In Tom Gibbins, my old running chum, I have someone whom I know out here, and to have a pal with one is a consideration. We see a lot of aeroplanes above, and often they are fired at, but I have never yet witnessed one hit. The other week, by the way, I saw Chapman, the City's former goalkeeper out here."