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  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.


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




We have just published our 100th newsletter - quite a milestone.  An article by Bob Crawley detailing the last fifty years of Exeter`s history from a small boy's viewpoint, was included in the newsletter though somewhat shortened.  Do read the complete article (just click on "Exeter`s Post War History" on the banner at the top of this page). 


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 listed below.




Our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn are held on the second Wednesday of the month for February, April, June, August, October and December 2019, all at Jurys Inn. Our walks/visits are also bi-monthly and are also usually on the second Wednesday of the month i.e. January, March, May, July, September and November.  Details of future events are below.


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

7pm at Jurys Inn, Western Way, Exeter


Public transport in the days of real horsepower was slower, costlier and possibly less comfortable than travel today.  Until we met Alan Rosevear, we hadn't realised how difficult life could be if you wanted to visit a friend or relative even though they lived as near as Sidmouth or Exmouth.  And as for travelling beyond Devon .....


After our AGM, Alan will be describing how travellers reached Exeter when the roads were turnpiked, the coaches were pulled by a team of four and tickets cost more than the wages of a working man. Using maps, contemporary diaries and archival material he will illustrate the journeys made  along Devon’s roads in the 18th and 19th centuries. To book, the link is:




For non members, there is a small £3 charge.   To book a place, the link is:




Please don't just turn up as the chances are that this excellent event will be fully booked and we will all suffer the embarrassment of turning you away.


Friday, 22 March 2019


Celebrate the 100th anniversary of our newsletter at the wonderful St Katherine's Priory, which is somewhat older than our newsletters as founded around 1159 !


Only open to members - details to follow.




Wednesday, 10 April 2019


Talk by Peter Thomas.  A highly visual presentation covering a 40-year period of involvement with local history.  The talk will cover the wide range of Exeter books Peter has created and he warns that there could be controversial aspects in relation to fighting to maintain the city's cultural profile!

Peter will also present his concerns that the Isca Historical Photographic Collection, established in 1974, could now be at risk which would mean that the city would lose an irreplaceable historical resource.
To book the link is:

Explore the Quay and its History

Wednesday, 8 May 2019


We will be meeting our guide at 11.00 in the Coffee Cellar (22 The Quay) for a short talk before we set off towards the Port Royal, then over Willey's Bridge to visit the Canal and the Basin with its relics of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway and Exeter's tram system.  


The tour then visits the Custom House (guns,guns, guns!) and provides an opportunity to examine John Abbot's superb plasterwork.  The tour will be interspersed with interesting stories about the history of the places we visit and will end at around 12.30pm.  The cost is £3 and tickets can be obtained from:




Please don't just turn up as the chances are, that if the event is fully booked, we will all suffer the hideous embarrassment of having to turn you away.





Wednesday, 10 July 2019


This visit to the University College of the South West, precursor of Exeter University, will commence at RAMM (the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery) where we will learn how education was integral to the vision of the founders. From there we will move on to visit and learn about those nearby buildings erected at the beginning of the 20th Centuryto provide Schools of Art and Science, the Royal Albert Memorial College, teacher training for women (men had St Lukes) and a student hostel for women. 


All this was the realisation of  the concept to provide excellent third tier education for all in the South West. It was not until 1955 that they were granted full university status.


Tickets costing £3 can be obtained using the following link:





For more information our email address is exeterlocalhistory@gmail.com


If you want to take historical research further, we recommend you give Exeter Memories a try.  Their website has for the last ten years been amassing a wealth of information about Exeter.  It is well worth a visit.  Just click on this link: www.exetermemories.co.uk.


Another site of interest is http://demolition-exeter.blogspot.co.uk which features fascinating articles on Exeter's lost buildings.

All talks are on the second Wednesday 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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