Exeter Local History Society members are hooked on history.  If you share our fascination, why not join us?  We have six lecture meetings a year (details below).  These alternate with six guided walks, plus we occasionally have long distance outings, and we cover an incredibly diverse range of subjects from Roman remains to post-WW2 redevelopment.


However, the pandemic means that we cannot arrange guided walks just at present and our talks are transmitted via Zoom. 


When life is back to normal, our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month in February, April, June, August, October and December. Our walks/visits are also bi-monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September and November. Full details of future walks and talks are given below.


The charge for each meeting is normally £3 (free to members) and the annual membership fee is £12 (£16 for joint membership). If you sample a meeting and decide to join, the £3 cost will be deducted from your first annual fee.  Walks and visits normally cost £3 p.p. for members and visitors alike.


We also produce six newsletters a year - how about we email you the most recent as a free taster?  To request a copy just email us at:




And do check out this website  and see for yourself the great selection of subjects with which we entertain our members.  Just click on "Recent Events" or "Visits & Walks" on the banner at the top of this page to explore our programme history!  Click on "How To Join Us" for an application form.


We hope we will see you soon at one of our many events which we are planning for 2021.  Our talks are held at Jurys and for anyone concerned about infection we have been  assured that, as far as ventilation and maintaining social distancing are concerned, all directives are followed.


Jury's airconditioning provides clean outside air at regular intervals and the numbers permitted in the room (which normally takes 60) are reduced to 25.  We therefore recommend that if any member wishes to attend any event it is booked well in advance with Eventbrite. There is no charge for members to attend any of these gatherings but for non-members the charge is £3.


Canal boat trip to the Double Locks on Tuesday 21st September 
This is a welcome-back-to-members day, a relaxed trip on the water and then arriving at the Double locks for lunch, a look at some photos of old Double Locks and a chatty catchup with members or even a stroll around the area.
Boat will leave at the quayside at 11.00 so, if anyone wishes to meet up before this time for a coffee, do ensure to be ready to sail at 11.00.   The cost of the return journey is £8.00 per person, dogs go free.
Return journey will be 2.30pm bringing us back to the quayside soon after 3pm.
Our Chairman will give a short talk about the riverside whilst we are travelling on the forward journey.
Lunch pre order forms will be sent in due course to all wishing to attend.
This is expected to be a very popular trip as it is our first real taste of freedom for many months, so please book early.   To do so, press MyButton below:


Thursday, 14 October 2021

On 14 October John Allan, well known local archaeologist, will take us on a walk around St Pancras Parish.  He will describe who lived where in the Middle Ages and what they did for a living.   This  event will be a walk through the past as John describes to us the history of these buildings that so many of us hurry past without realising how fascinating they are.  Certainly, we will look in future at the whole St Pancras area with new eyes.  


Exeter has an exceptional collection of documents, such as sale contracts, from which he has been able to draw up ownership maps through time. 


The walk will commence at 11 am.  For anyone who wants a coffee first, we recommend meeting around 10.15 at the Patisserie Valerie, 194 Exeter High Street.  We canthen we can walk the few steps to the Guildhall portico to meet John at 11.  The cost of the walk is £3 and to reserve your place click on MyButton below.  John Allan’s walks are always very popular so we suggest you book your place soon.  There will be a waiting list so  we may be able to persuade John to give us a repeat of the event for those unable to book for this 14 October walk.


Talk by Richard Holladay on 17 November 2021


Many society members will remember the wonderful Elands, the book store located in Cathedral Close until its demise in 2016.  It had existed for 107 years, dating from 1909 when HENRY SEPTIMUS ELAND bought an existing bookselling business and renamed it “Henry S Eland”.


 In the following years he would extend and rebuild the premises with an internal gallery above the shop, and an exhibition art gallery, where original paintings would be exhibited, at the rear.  He also introduced a lending library and continued to be a principal agent for religious books.  He was known to “maintain cordial relationships with Roman Catholics, the Cathedral and others!”


Sadly the premises were destroyed in the bombing of Exeter and after a while the business relocated to the Temporary Shops in Southernhay and then to premises opposite the Post Office in Bedford Street in 1961.   In 1997 they moved to Cathedral Close but closed for business around late 2006.


Richard  Holladay, the great grandson of Henry Septimus, will tell us all sorts of tales about Elands on 17 November.  It promises to be a fascinating evening.  Richard is well known to the Society particularly through his talks about Dr Lovely (10 August 2018) and Industrial Life in Pre-War Exeter (10 December 2015).  Full details of those talks are on www.exeterlocalhistorysociety.co.uk.


To reserve your place on 17 November, click on the green My Button below:

If you are not a member, you are most welcome to attend the talk.  There is, however, a small charge of £3.  If you wish to reserve a place, may we suggest you click on the grey "MyButton" below.

All talks are now on the second Thursday of alternate months (February, April, June, August, October & December).                                          All meetings start at 7 pm and are held at JURYS INN, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB.                                                                  Free parking is available from 6pm in the Triangle Car Park at the rear of Jurys.                                                                                Walks/visits are usually on the second Wednesday of alternate months (January, March, May, July, September November). 

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