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 hope we will see you soon at one of our events, listed below under "Up and Coming Events".


In the meantime, 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.




Over the period 5 March - 30 April  from 1-2pm and, in collaboration with thChurches Conservation Trust, we are providing Monday lunch time talks at St Martin's Church in Cathedral Close.   For full details click Monday Lectures  on the banner at the top of this page.
Meanwhile, our regular bi-monthly meetings at Jurys Inn will in future be on the second Wednesday in the month for February, April, June, August, October and December 2018, all at Jurys Inn.  A 5-month listing is below.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018 Walk

A walk around Newtown with a guide who will explain the history of the area.
This event costs £3 and is open to non members.   Everyone will meet up at 10:45 and then walk around Newtown finishing up at the Clifton Inn at around 12:30pm.  This is our second walk on this subject as the previous booking proved so popular that all we could do was arrange this second event.   To book contact:
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn
The history of Exeter Cathedral by renowned archaeologist, John Allen

This illustrated talk by the Cathedral’s own archaeologist, tells in great and often amusing detail the history of the cathedral.  

John is a great speaker and his skills in providing a high standard of buildings analysis, research and assessment while producing talks that are reliable, well-illustrated, and free from jargon are highly regarded.


The talk is free to members but it is essential to book in advance as just to turn up could mean being refused entry if all the seats have been allocated. To book your place contact:  


Non members are welcome.  The cost is £3. Book your ticket as above and okay to pay at the door.




Walk on Wednesday, 9 May 2018


Our next outside event is to visit Heavitree.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see inside St Clare’s, that tiny little church in the middle of the road – a traffic planner’s nightmare !   This little chapel was built so that people could pray for the souls of those being hanged outside ! 

We will start our walk, however, at the Catholic Church, an unusual building (right) which I always think looks very mosque-like.  It is beautiful inside and its structure is fascinating.  We will then visit Gordon’s memorial (from the days when European coountries raced each other to annex portions of Africa) and the scene of hangings and burnings (from the days when such punishments were considered acceptable).


Hopefully we can see inside the charming almshouses before the big treat - visiting St Clare’s.  We will then be taken to St Michael’s just down the road (which has two reredoses – one by Gilbert Stephens!) before returning to our cars.  Easy parking is being arranged!


This event costs £3 for members and non-members alike.  The link to book and pay is:






Wednesday, 13 June 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn

"Exeter’s First Women Voters"   Talk by Dr Julia Neville at Jurys Inn



Wednesday, 8 August 2018 Talk at Jurys Inn


"Exeter Workmens' Dwellings"  Talk by Richard Holladay




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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