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

Blue plaque to Sabine Baring-Gould unveiled

The latest of Exeter Civic Society's blue plaques, to Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), was unveiled on 20 March 2020.
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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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Upcoming Events

18 April 2020
  • Open Morning 18 April 2020 at 10:30 - 12:00 Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB, UK

    A social event where visitors and guests are welcome and refreshments provided. At 10.45 Robert Guyver will speak about the controversial figure General Redvers Buller.

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

    Please note:  This event will not now proceed as Belmont Chapel have cancelled all bookings.

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6 May 2020
  • Visit to Hidden Gems at Marsh Barton 6 May 2020 at 13:30 - 15:00

    This is a visit to a small workshop which attempts to give people out of work a skill in designing, making and selling items of Jewellery made from metal. The visit is led by Angela Holmes who manages the project.

    As this is a small space numbers are limited so early booking is advised see Contact details.

    Located in Marsh Barton, public transport is best.

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16 May 2020
  • Open Morning 16 May 2020 at 10:30 - 12:00 Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB, UK

    A social event where visitors and guests are welcome and refreshments provided. At 10.45 Lucy Patrick will speak about the Work of St. Petroc's.

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

    Please note:  This event will not now proceed as Belmont Chapel has cancelled all bookings.

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