For our Mid-Devon families the nearest city was Exeter. Several moved there, and others were married there.
The pre-war Exeter that they knew was very different from the one the visitor would see today. It was trashed by Hitler, and then by three generations of Council planners. Most of these pictures are of the Exeter that our ancestors would have seen. There are a few of villages, parishes or districts that are now part of Exeter and its suburbs that were previously separate communities. For a lively exploration of Exeter's physical and social history visit Exeter Memories.

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cowley bridge junction   cowley bridge junction   COWLEY BRIDGE   bridge at cowley bridge   cowley bridge weir
Cowley Bridge junction   Cowley Bridge   Train passing Cowley Bridge Inn and signal box.   Cowley Bridge crossing the line   Cowley Bridge Weir
                 
flood at cowlewy 1866   Cowley Bridge Road   st davids stn   st davids stn   st david
Cowley Bridge flooded in 1866   Cowley Bridge Road   Exeter St David's Station   Exeter St David's Station   Exeter St David's Station
                 
st davids station   st davids 1935   st davids 1923   Engine sheds   exe
Exeter St David's Station   Exeter St David's Station   Exeter St David's Station   Engine sheds at St Davids,   The River Exe between St David's and Exe Bridge
                 
exe   Tudor House     old bridge   new bridge
The River Exe between St David's and Exe Bridge   The Tudor House on Exe Island   The Old Exe Bridge   The Old Exe Bridge   New bridge over the Exe
                 
new bridge   brdge and tram   From exe bridge up bridge Street and Fore street   bridge and fore street   exe bridge
The new bridge   The new bridge looking towards Fore Street   Looking up Fore Street from the bridge   The new bridge looking towards Fore Street   Tram crossing from St Thomas
                 
corner of oke st     St thomas   cowick street  
Corner of Okehampton Street   Emmanuel Church, Okehampton Road   St Thomas Station   Cowick Street   Cowick Street
                 
st thomas   alphinton street     exwick cemetery   view fromexwick
St Thomas, Cowick Street   Alphington Street   The city viewed from Red Hills   Exwick Cemetery   Exeter viewed from Exwick
                 
  view from exwick hill   exebridge and tran   cowick street   exe bridge
Exwick Post Office   Exeter viewed from Exwick Hill   View across Exe Bridge from St Thomas   Cowick Street looking across to Fore Street   Cowick Street side of Exe Bridge
                 
ferry     quay and custom house   exeter ferry  
The river, quay and ferry.   Customs House on the quay.   The quay and the Customs House   Boat moored at the quay in Exeter, with ferry crossing.   The ferry
                 
quay   crowds on Exe   exeter from canal   canal   canal basin
Boats moored on the quay   Crowds on a frozen river Exe   .Exeter ship canal   The canal, approaching the canal basin   The canal basin
                 
Canal basin     similar viewpoint   canal   view from canal
The canal basin   The Port Royal   .The city from the canal   Exeter ship canal   Exeter ship canal
                 
canal   canal   canal by moonlight   st mary's   st mary steps
Exeter ship canal   Exeter ship canal   Exeter ship canal in moonlight   St Mary Steps   St Mary Steps and West Street
                 
west street   west street   westquarter   west street   west street
St Mary Steps and West Street   West Street   St Mary Steps and West Street   West Street   West Street
                 
stepcote   stepcote     stepcot  
Stepcote Hill   Down Stepcote Hill to West Street   Stepcote Hill   Stepcote Hill   St Edmunds
from Bridge Street
                 
frog street   frog st   frog street     preston street
Frog Street   Frog Street
© Michael Wride
  Frog Street   Rackplace Close
© Michael Wride

  Preston Street
                 
forestreet   fore street   fore street   fore street   fore street
Looking up Fore Street   Looking up Fore Street   Fore Street   Fore Street   Fore Street
                 
fore street   fore street   catacombs   St Nicholas Priory   Ncholas Priory tudor room
Fore Street   Fore Street   The catacombs   St Nicholas Priory   St Nicholas Priory
                 
nicks priory   Nicks Priory   Nicks Priory   Nicks Priory  
St Nicholas Priory   St Nicholas Priory       St Nicholas Priory   St Nicholas Priory
                 
Wesleyan Temperance group at the Mint Methopdist church   St Mary Arches Street   lower mkt   Lower Mrkt   south street
A group of Wesleyan Temperance campaigners at the Mint Methodist church   St Mary Arches Street   Exeter Lower Market   Exeter Lower Market   South Street
                 
South Street   southstreet   wonford street   wynards hospital   wynards courtyard
South Street   South Street   Wonford Street   Wynards Hospital   Courtyard to Wynards
                 
eye infirmary   hospital   dean clark   royaldevon and exeter   royal devon and exeter hospial
West of England Eye Infirmary   Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Southernhay   Dean Clark ward, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital   Newcourt ward, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital   Cresswell ward,Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
                 
southernhay   cathedral close   st martins lane   cathedral close   catherine street
Southernhay East and the Southernhay Congregational Church, now the United Reform Church   Cathedral Close   St Martin's Lane from Cathedral Close   Mol's coffee house   Catherine Street
                 
cathedral close   clarence hotel   cathedral green   Globe hotel   richard hooker
Mol's coffee house and north-east corner of Cathedral Close   North-east Cathedral Close and Clarence Hotel   Northern Cathedral Close   Globe Hotel, South Street end of Cathedral Close   Statue of Richard Hooker on Cathedral Green
                 
rich hooker   st mary major   cathedral print   westfront   cathedral
Richard Hooker   St Mary Major   Exeter cathedral church of St peter   West front of the cathedral   The cathedral from the north.
                 
cathedral   cathedral   cathedral and bisops palace   cathedral west screen   nave looking east
Northwest side of the cathedral   The cathedral from the east.   The cathedral and the bishop's palace.   West front of the cathedral   The cathedral nave looking East.
                 
exeter nave   organ   cathedra   altar   sanctuary and high altar
The nave and the organ   The organ   The choir and the bishop's throne   The choir stalls   The sanctuary and the High Altar
                 
Minstrels Gallery   cathedral lady chapel   screen   sedilla   cathedral
The Minstrels Gallery   The Lady Chapel   A screen   Sedilia   View from the East window
                 
North street   high street   high street with trams   high street   high street
North Street   . High Street looking east   Guildhall and High Street   Guildhall and High Street   Guildhall and High Street
                 
guildhall   high street   guildhall interior   high street  
Guildhall and High Street looking west   The Guildhall   Guildhall interior   High street looking east   Post-Blitz High Street shop locations
                 
high street exeter     Queen Street   queen st   queen st
High Street looking west   High street junction with Queen Street   Queen Street from High Street   Looking North along Queen Street   Queen Street
                 
queen street   waterbeer street   museum market   Higher market   higher market
Queen Street   Waterbeer St and the former police station   The market and the museum, Queen Street   Exeter Higher Market   Exeter Higher Market
                 
university college   old university   Information bureau, top of Paul Street   royal albert museum   museum
University College of the South West, Gandy Street   The University College   Information Bureau, top of Paul Street   Royal Albert Memorial Museum   Royal Albert Memorial Museum
                 
museum   queen st   central station     queen street station
Museum and top of Paul Street   Queen Street looking south   Entrances to Rougemont Gardens and Queen Street station   Rougemont Hotel and the Central Station, Queen Street   Queen Street Station
                 
rougemont hotel   clocktower   osborn hotel and clocktower   clock tower   clocktower
Rougemont Hotel   The Clock Tower   The Clock Tower   The Clock Tower   The Clock Tower
                 
first tram   Clock Tower   buller unveiling   unveiling of the statue   buller statue
First Tram in 1905   The Clock Tower   Unveiling of
Buller's statue
  Crowds at the unveiling of Buller's statue   Buller's statue
                 
st davids   high street   High Street   high street   high street and po
St David's church   High Street looking East   High Street looking West   High Street looking West   High Street looking West
                 
exeter high street   exeter high street   high street   high street   highstreet
High Street looking East   High Street looking East   High Street looking East   High Street looking East   High Street looking East
                 
high street   bedford circus   bedford circus   eastgate arcade   eastgate arcade
High Street looking West   Bedford Circus   Bedford Circus   Eastgate Arcade   Eastgate Arcade
                 
  dellers     London Inn Square   new london htel
Entrance to Dellers
in Bedford Street
  Interior of Dellers   Ruins of Dellers after the Blitz   London Inn Square and the Hippodrome   London Inn
                 
Theatre Royal   theatre royal   longbrook   Bishop Blackall school   Castle
Theatre Royal   Theatre Royal   Theatre Royal with Longbrook Street to the right   Bishop Blackall School   Entrance to the castle and the assizes
                 
rougemont castle   assize courts   assize   castle from courtyard   Castle
Entrance to the castle and the assizes   The assize courts at the castle   The assize courts   Looking towards the High Street from the assize courtyard   Inside the castle grounds and gardens
                 
rougemont   Northernhay gardens   rougemont   rougemont   castle
Rougemont   Rougemont   Rougemont   Rougemont   The castle from Northernhay
                 
city wall   northernhay   northernhay   northernhay   northernhay gardens
Castle defences from Northernhay   Northernhay   Northernhay with the castle walls   Northernhay   Northernhay
                 
northernhay   northernhay   northernhay colour   war memorial   northernhay
Northernhay   Northernhay   Northernhay   War Memorial   Northernhay Gardens
                 
northernhay with distant prison   prison   exeter prison   coirner of sidwell and paris street   paris street
Northernhay with prison beyond   .The prison above the Long Brook valley   Devon County Prison and Queen Street Station   Bude Hotel, at Eastgate, and the junction of High Street, Paris Street and Sidwell Street   Paris Street
                 
st sidwells   sidwell st   st sidwells methodist chapel 1905 opened   sidwell street   sidwell street
St Sidwell's parish church.   Sidwell Street   St Sidwell's Methodist chapel in 1905, at the time of its opening   Sidwell Street.   Sidwell Street
                 
sidwell street   sidwell street   sidwell st   sidwell street end   Sidwell Street to Blackboy Rd junction
Sidwell Street   Sidwell Street   Sidwell Street   Sidwell Street junction with Blackboy Road and Old Tiverton Road   Sidwell Street junction with Blackboy Road and Old Tiverton Road
                 
view from pennsylvania   tollgate   Pinhoe Rd   commins road   Whipton
View from Pennsylvania   Tollgate at Mount Pleasant   Pinhoe Road   The Sally Army at the junction of Commins Road and Manston Road   Whipton
                 
Pinhoe   Heavitree bridge   heavitree   Heavitree   garage 30s
Pinhoe Village   Heavitree Bridge   Fore Street Heavitree   Fore Street Heavitree   Mote garage, Heavitree
                 
Horsedrawn tram in heavitree   Fore Street, Heavitree   Horse and Groom   goldsmith st   heavitree
A horsedrawn tram in Heavitree   Heavitree Fore Street looking towards the city   The Horse and Groom, Fore Street, Heavitree   Goldsmith Street, Heavitree   Fore Street Heavitree
                 
Livery Dole chapel   livery dole   Exeter School   workhouse   st lukes
Livery Dole Chapel   Livery Dole Alms Houses, Heavitree   Exeter School in the 1880s   Exeter Workhouse   Diocesan Training College - St Luke's
                 
st lukes   st lukes   Heavitree Road looking towards Paris Street   countesswear   countess wear bridge
St Luke's College   St Luke's College   Exeter Road looking towards Paris Street   Countess Wear   Countess Wear Bridge
                 
countess wear bridge   countess wear   countess wear   countess wear   glasshouse lane, countess wear
Countess Wear Bridge   Countess Wear   Countess Wear   Countess Wear   Glass House Lane
                 
cockle woman   topsham fore street   topsham   topsham   topsham
Cockle collector on the Exe   Topsham Fore Street   Topsham Fore Street   Topsham High Street   Topsham High Street
                 
strand topsham   alphington   alphington   alphington   alphington
The Strand, Topsham   Church Road, Alphington   Church Road, Alphington   Alphington   Alphington
                 
alphington church   alphington            
Alphington   Alphington            
                 
                 
               
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