Exeter Civic Society

Exeter Civic Society

Do you live or work in or around Exeter?

Would you like to know more about its history?

Or have your say on current redevelopments?

If so join us

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.

Latest News

Nicholas Hilliard commemorated with a blue plaque

Exeter Civic Society's latest blue plaque commemorates Nicholas Hilliard, Tudor miniaturist, and his connection to St Pancras church.
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Dr Charles Newton Lovely: Exeter housing old and new

On Friday 1st February 2019 members of the Society braved the snowy weather to attend the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating Dr Charles Newton Lovely. Dr Lovely was an Exeter GP and was the founding chairman of the Exeter Workmen’s Dwellings Company. The ceremony took place at Kings Dwellings, King Street, Exeter, which was one of the properties built by the Company.
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Mary the Pigeon Commemorated

On 20th January 2018 a good crowd gathered in West Street to see the unveiling of a blue plaque commemorating Mary the Second World War carrier pigeon and her trainer, Cecil "Charlie" Brewer.
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Upcoming Events

7 December 2019
  • Special Talk on the recent Roman find at Topsham Road 7 December 2019 at 10:30 - 11:30 Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB, UK

    We are very fortunate to have John Salvatore to give us a talk on the discovery of Roman ruins at Topsham Road.

    We will then adjourn to the Clifton Inn for Christmas Lunch for those who have booked. Please see earlier emails regarding booking for this latter event which needs to be pre-ordered by Nov. AGM and paid for in advance.

    Only disabled parking allowed in Chapel Car Park. Others please use the Triangle Car Park.

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  • Civic Society Christmas Llunch 7 December 2019 at 13:00 - 15:00 The Clifton Inn, Clifton Road, Exeter, EX1 2BR

    A Christmas Lunch for members, a chance to socialize and share a meal together with good food and excellent company.
    Members are asked to place their booking and also to pre-order food which must be paid for by the AGM in Nov at the latest (see Contact list for details).
    Parking is available at the Triangle Car Park but the Restaurant is fairly central so well served by buses into the City.

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14 December 2019
  • Civic Society Open Morning 14 December 2019 at 10:30 - 12:30 Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB

    Note this date is the second Saturday of the month due to Christmas holidays.

    A Social event where visitors and guests are welcome and refreshments provided.
    At 10.45 our Speaker Keith Barker will tell us about the Green Men at Exeter Cathedral.

    Only disabled parking allowed in Chapel Car Park.  Others please use the Triangle car park.

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