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 our 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 events, listed below under "Up and Coming Events". 





Our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn will in future usually be on the second Wednesday in the month for February, April, June, August, October and December 2018, 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, 12 December 2018

Talk at Jurys Inn



An opportunity to learn all about life in Tudor times and how they celebrated their festivities,  particularly at Christmas.  There will be dancers both to entertain and to explain.  The poor will not be discussed - we will leave their sad lives to another day !


To book for members the link is:




For non-members there is a small £3 charge and the link to reserve your place is:



Friday, 14 December 2018




A short walk along the leat that fed three of the many mills which were so productive more than a hundred years ago.  This walk includes a guided visit to the only surviving working mill and to see the millers hard at work !


The cost, as usual, is £3 payable in advance.  To book your place the link is:




PS:  Note this event is on a Friday, not our usual Wednesday, to fit in with when the working millers are available to show us their talents and knowledge.



Thursday, 17 January 2019



This wonderful building has been magnificently restored by the Exeter Historic Buildings Trust. founded by William the Conqueror in about 1087, with the Dissolution of the Monasteries it was turned into a home  by the wealthy Hurst family.  It displays Tudor panelling painted in the bright colours of the period, is adorned with quality replica furniture and has the most enormous fireplaces (sadly not in use so dress warmly!).


We have been offered a guided tour of the building - exclusively for us - starting with a cup of tea or coffee at 11 am.  The cost is £3 for this 2-hour morning visit.


This event will be very popular so it is essential to book in advance.  Please don`t just turn up as we would hate the embarrassment of having to turn you away if we had reached our full complement of 20 guests.  The link is:




Scroll down to click on TICKET.   From there it is self-explanatory.


If you are unable to take  up your place -  even at the last minute - please let us know so that we can sell your ticket for you to someone on the waiting list. 





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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