Blue Plaques

Discovering commemorative plaques to famous Exonians and other notable figures connected with the city is a great way to explore Exeter’s heritage. The Civic Society’s blue plaques scheme is dedicated to putting up new plaques and creating interest in all the plaques and other monuments that mark links between historic people and the city.

Abraham Cann


Champion of England at Devonshire Wrestling

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Agnes Prest

died 1557

Religious martyr, burned at the stake

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Arthur Kempe

1812 – 1871

Surgeon and philanthropist

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Cecil “Charlie” Brewer and Mary the pigeon


Wartime pigeon breeder whose homing pigeon Mary won the Dickin Medal for bravery

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Charles Dickens

1812 – 1870


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Colonel David Collins

1756 – 1810

First Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania

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Dame Georgiana Buller


Pioneer of services for disabled people

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David Evans

c. 1764 – 1847

Supporter of universal suffrage

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Dr Charles Newton Lovely


Exeter GP and Founding Chairman of Exeter Workmen's Dwellings Company

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Dr Peter Hennis

1802 – 1833

Hero of Exeter cholera outbreak 1832; killed in duel

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Edith Splatt


First Woman Exeter City Councillor

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Elsie Knocker, Baroness de T’Serclaes


Nurse on the front line in Pervyse, Belgium 1914-1918

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Frederick John Widgery


Landscape painter and Freeman and Alderman of Exeter

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General Charles George Gordon

1833 – 1885

Hero of Khartoum

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George Gissing


Novelist and Writer

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George Harris

1775 – 1810

First Deputy Surveyor General of Tasmania

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George Oliver

1781 – 1861

Author and priest

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Grace Darling

1815 – 1842

Sea rescue heroine

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Harry Hems

1842 – 1916

Ecclesiastical sculptor

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Harry Weslake

1897 – 1978

Motor engineer

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Ivy Johns


First Labour Woman Mayor of Exeter and champion for the people of Wonford

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John and Elizabeth Dickens


Parents of Charles Dickens, the original "Mr Micawber"

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John Patch

1723 – 1787

Exeter surgeon

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John Simcoe

1752 – 1806

First Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada

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Mary Patricia Susan Willcocks


Author, Lecturer and Suffragist

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Nicholas Hilliard


Goldsmith and Artist, painter of portrait miniatures at the courts of Elizabeth 1st and James 1st

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Rachel Allen


First Labour Woman Exeter City Councillor

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Richard ‘Dick’ Pym


The Fisherman Footballer

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Richard Douglas Sandford


Submariner, awarded VC in World War 1

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Richard Hooker

1554 – 1600

Writer and theologian

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Robert Tosswill Veitch

1823 - 1885

Horticulturist and Nurseryman

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Sabine Baring-Gould


Writer, folk song collector and parson.

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Sir Redvers Buller, VC

1839 – 1908

Soldier and landowner - "He saved Natal"

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Sir William Webb Follett

1796 – 1845

Attorney General and Exeter MP

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Sisters of the Community of St. Wilfrid

1866 – 2004

Teachers and nuns

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Stephen Simpson


Engineer and Inventor

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The Devon “Witches”

died 1682 & 1685

Last people in England to be executed for witchcraft

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Theodore Bayley Hardy VC, DSO, MC

1863 – 1918

Army chaplain, awarded VC

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Thomas Benet

died c. 1531

Protestant religious martyr

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Thomas Bodley

1545 – 1613

Founder of the Bodleian Library, Oxford

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Thomas Latimer

1803 – 1888

Campaigning journalist

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Violet and Dame Irene Vanbrugh

1867-1942 and 1872-1949

Stage and screen actresses

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W G Hoskins

1908 – 1992

Historian and the man behind "The House That Moved"

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William Kingdon Clifford

1845 – 1879

Mathematician and philosopher

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William Miles

1800 – 1881

Authority on animal welfare

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