Keith Lewis, as Chair of Exeter Civic Society, sent two letters of concern relating to our historical heritage, one about the state of our city's most prominent heritage assets to ECC's Chief Executive and the other about the impact of the Christmas Market and similar events on the grassed areas of Cathedral Green to the Dean of Exeter Cathedral.
The 'Strategic Planning & Highways Group' in collaboration with the 'Planning Group' sent in their response for the 'Water Lane Outline Planning Application' to ECC on 10 November 2023. We suggested to look into serious issues with traffic inside and outside the area again, raised our concerns about Gabriel Wharf, the height and massing of buildings.
Todd Gray presented his new book on 'Exeter's Lost Buildings. Destruction from 1800 to 1899', the publication of which our Society supported. A special event in the morning of 26 Oct 2023 for all who helped financing this very interesting project was followed by a two-part public presentation in the afternoon.
Then, Now & Next Walk: Exploring Polsloe
Wednesday 6th December 2023 at 14:00-16:00
Meet on the corner of Mount Pleasant / Pinhoe Road, outside Henry's Bar, EX4 7AB
Blue Plaque Unveiling: George Gissing
Friday 8th December 2023 at 11:00
25 Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LG; please email Hilary Neville at if you plan to come along to the plaque unveiling, so that we have an idea of numbers.
Our next plaque will commemorate the novelist George Gissing, who lived in the city between 1891 and 1893. The plaque will be unveiled at 11:00, at 25 Heavitree Road, EX1 2LG, by Professor Richard Dennis - all welcome. Afterwards we’ll have coffee at the cafe at the Barnfield Theatre on Barnfield Road - a place visited by George Gissing many times when it housed the Exeter Literary Society. Please email Hilary Neville at if you plan to come along to the plaque unveiling, so that we have an idea of numbers.
Open Morning: Peter Stephenson on Exeter’s St. Petroc’s Charity
Saturday 16th December 2023 at 10:30 - 12:00
The Mint Methodist Church Centre, Fore Street, Exeter EX4 3AT
A social event where visitors and guests are welcome and refreshment will be available. At 11a.m. there will be our final talk for the year by Peter Stephenson on 'St. Petroc's Limited', Exeter's charity for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.

Whether you’re a newcomer to Exeter or have lived here since before the War we’re sure you’ll love this great little city. It has a vibrant charm and a fascinating mix of buildings, and people! From the Roman Wall and Norman Castle to the lively city centre venues, shops and restaurants there is something for everyone. But a city is always changing, and those changes can be for the better or for the worse.

Exeter Civic Society was set up to care for Exeter and make sure that further redevelopments are of the highest possible standard for our city and for our quality of life. If you want to keep track of changes to the city, or find out more about its history you have come to the right place. Not only do we monitor new developments but we have talks about Exeter’s history and visits to local places, some of which you may not even know exist.

Exeter Civic Society publishes 'Prospectus'

Our 28pp “Prospectus for the Redevelopment of the Wider Water Lane Area” was published on 31 Oct 2022. For details please visit the ‘Current Concerns’ section of our website, then ‘Wider Water Lane Area Redevelopment’. 



Wider Water Lane Area Redevelopment