On Thursday, 14 October 2021, 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. For instance, 196 High Street was, in 1660, the home of Elizabeth Flay (she of Flay’s Almshouses Pinhoe Road) and her rent was £2 6s 8d. The last tenant there was John Hill in 1819. So many of these old buildings are still there but have been added to and changed almost beyond recognition.
Exeter has an exceptional collection of documents, such as sale contracts, from which he has been able to draw up ownership maps through time. 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.
The walk will commence at 11 am. For anyone who wants a coffee first, I shall be in Patisserie Valerie, 194 Exeter High Street, from 10.15 and then 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.