Monday, 27 August 2012

Prams,toys,clocks,kiosks and a house move (what again?) ;-)

There are many pros and cons about being on Facebook!

Some people hate it, some people love it.

But every now and again, something comes along and you find

yourself glad to be in that place!

Someone has set up the most brilliant page, where people can submit

photos of Exeter...especially old photos!

I made many happy visits to The Exeter Pram and Toy Shop, with

Helen and Nich, in the early 1980s! 

It was always worth the walk to the top of the town!

And then the wander back down the street and along the 'old' Princesshay.

Looking at this photo, I find myself saying... 'Ah, I remember that!'

Taking this online stroll, I wonder to myself

'Is it really any better nowadays?'

Or maybe one shouldn't compare at all.

Above, looking towards the cathedral; below, looking

in the opposite direction.

And wait!

Who remembers...

Oh my goodness!! The old Boots clock and that kiosk!

It surely can't be so long ago?

How things change in such a short space of time!

Here it is once more, looking down on the scene:

And, oh my ... South Street!

I have to admit that at first glance, I thought it was Fore Street!

And here below, Queen Street.

I'm assuming the Rougemont Hotel (now The Thistle Hotel) is on the left and

 opposite is the entrance to the gardens.

Children playing at the bottom of Stepcote Hill...

you can almost hear their chatter.

Oh and what about this?

The moving of that famous house!


What a performance...what entertainment!

Such a feat!

I have to say that I am loving this journey into Exeter's past!

Here we are looking down the main street. To the right of the bus

would nowadays be Marks and Spencer.

But, of course, some things never change , even when they are so old!

Here, below is the oldest surviving, medieval, stone bridge in England!

This was the first stone bridge across the River Exe, completed in 1238.

In those days there would have been a number of buildings constructed

 on the bridge. And, still standing, is a rare example of a bridge church,

St Edmunds.

Here's a question for you!

Does anyone know the name of this famous TV series,

which was filmed at Exeter Quay, in 1976?

Peter Gilmore is in the photo!

It's all fascinating stuff!

And it's here:

A trip into Exeter's past...and it's all for free!



Down by the sea said...

Those are amazing pictures of Exeter, my son has just moved there to live and although I have only been going there for the last 10 years I can recognise where most of the streets are.
Sarah x

KC'sCourt! said...

Amazine photos! I remember Exeter from 1986 to 1990 (we are still regular visitors now) we lived in Sidmouth then, and my parents had built their house in Dittisham by then. I remember the Onedin Line being filmed in Dartmouth too. We took our children to The Exeter Pram and Toy Shop, especially for birthdays - February, March and November!
I was also a regular visitor for holidays as a child too, my how things have changed!

Anonymous said...

Great photos Sal and a great site too!
Was it in the Exeter Pram and Toy Shop where they had the wiggley snake hand rail to help children up the stairs? I remember that from when I was little!
Love Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

Anonymous said...

Great photos!
Was it in the Exeter Pram & Toy Shop where they had the wiggley snake hand rail to help children climb the stairs? I remember that from when I was little!
Love Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

ps. someone thinks that I am a robot 'cos I can't get these codes right!!!

Josie-Mary said...

The group is fab isn't it? I can't believe how much Exeter has changed since I was a child! I loved that toy shop.... remember the snake handrail? x

Anonymous said...

One Din Line

Ken Montandon said...

Great photos, thank you so much. Out of interest, do you know whereabouts the photo of South St. was taken from, to me that looks like Coombe St. on the left, but of course I could be wrong. Once again, thanks.