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Diary Dates 2014/15

Apart from outside visits, all meetings are held the Rougemont Room, Central Library. Start Times 7.00pm

All meetings in 2014 are the second Thursday of the month. See Note below for times from the AGM 2014.

Saturday 15 November 2014
Outside Visit to Northbrook Park

Dick Passmore will be giving a talk at Northbrook Park (now the Crematorium). He will be speak of the history of Northbrook Park, which he has been researching for some time.

Thursday 11 December 2014
Peter Dare
The various types of stone used in the
building of Exeter Cathedral

Monday, 16 January 2015 visit: Cygnet Theatre
Behind the scenes at the Cygnet Theatre and a fascinating talk about its history, followed by a short historical guided stroll through that part of Exeter and finishing with coffee at the Prospect Inn.

Thursday, 12 February 2015 meeting: Wynards Almshouses
The history of Wynards and the effects on it of the Civil War plus a description of some of the other beautiful almshouses in Exeter. Rougemont Room, Exeter Central Library at 7 pm

See Coming Events for the summer outside meetings

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

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette - Thursday 08 October 1914


Jonah the Giant Whale on displayThe Exeter members of the V.A.O. had but short a while to wait after being mobilised before they were called upon to receive some of our wounded Tommies. Orders to mobilise were received late on Sunday, and early Monday morning the members were actively engaged in making final preparations at the Modern School and Eye Infirmary. Tuesday mid-day both these hospitals were complete in every detail, and, from the descriptions which have already appeared in the "Gazette,'' our readers have, no doubt, been able to gather some idea of the careful manner in which wounded men will be treated while in Exeter. A number of wounded were to have arrived last Monday; in fact, orders were received from the War Office stating they would arrive by a particular train. These orders, however, were countermanded later in the day, and it was not until yesterday that the training the V.A.O. and St. John, Ambulance have received were put to the test in dealing with actual cases of disabled soldiers in Exeter, although during the past few weeks Queen-street has been the scene of temporary rest stations, at which V.A.O. nurses prepared hot drinks and food for the wounded being conveyed to Plymouth.
The arrangements for dealing with the wounded who arrived yesterday afternoon were admirably made and carried out. The staff at the Eye Infirmary had everything prepared in readiness, while those members of the V.A.O. and St. John Ambulance told of of duty at the station were at their post punctually. Drawn up outside the entrance to the platform at Queen-street Station were motor cars—some 25 in number—lent by various residents of the city, as well as a couple of carriages. The general public were not admitted to the platform, but huge crowds lined the vicinity of the station and the route to be traversed by the cars containing the wounded. The soldiers arrived in special carriages attached to the express train due at Queen-street at 4.10 p.m.. Some time previous to its arrival stretchers had been brought to the platform in readiness for those who might be unable to walk to the waiting cars. When the train arrived the carriages containing the wounded were shunted to one of the branch lines, in order that the ordinary train might be dispatched first, thus expediting the detraining of the wounded. Before this was accomplished, however, the Press representatives managed to distribute cigarettes among the men, which they much enjoyed…