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

20 June 2020
  • Open Morning 20 June 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 John Smith will speak on "The Battle of Britain over Exeter".

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

    This event is now Cancelled due to Coronavirus and the current restrictions on social gatherings.

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24 June 2020
  • Visit to Sr. Petroc's 24 June 2020 at 15:30 - 16:30 St.Petroc's Church, High Street, Exeter

    This is a chance to see behind the scenes, the work that the Charity for the homeless does there. The visit is led by Lucy Patrick who is their Communications and PR manager.
    As this is a small space we are limited to small numbers and early booking using the usual Contact details is recommended.
    While there is no charge for this visit, donations are requested so that they can continue to provide the services that they offer.

    This visit has now been cancelled due to Coronavirus.

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18 July 2020
  • Open Morning 18 July 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 Alan Roseveare will talk about Exeter before the Railways.

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

    This event is now cancelled due to Coronavirus and the current restrictions of social gatherings.

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