Across the river from the city centre and along the bank to the right is the Old Malthouse, now the Harvester pub. This was built in 1789 as a brewery – at one time there were no less than 25 breweries in Exeter! But by 1850 it had specialised as a malthouse, preparing the malt … Read more

The Quay

Q The Quay - credit tbc

Exeter has been a port since Roman times. On the corner at the bottom of Quay Hill is the old Quay House, where you can see the original dock wall, weathered by the constant action of the water. There is a good if rather defaced information board about the old Woollen Trade here. The rendered … Read more

The Daisy Cafe

The Daisy Cafe - credit Chris Spinks

There’s an intriguing section of the back wall bounding the garden of The Daisy Café at 98 Fore Street, Heavitree. To the left side as you face it, there are clearly large ashlar blocks typical of those used in the 1500s and of the time when the Church of St Michael’s and All Angels was … Read more

T Trews Weir Mill

T Trews Weir Mill - credit Clare Bryden

Take a leisurely walk along the left bank of the Exe, and you will reach Trews Weir and the striking building that used to house a paper mill. Trews Weir Mill was probably originally built as a cotton spinning mill. There is a stone dating it to 1780 on the front of the building, which … Read more

Q Quarries

Q Quarries - credit Clare Bryden

The Heavitree quarries are where our stories begin, in the Permian geological time period. Between 250 and 300 million years ago, Devon was a tropical desert. Occasional storms caused flash floods, which dumped large amounts of loose rock, sand and mud. Over time this gravelly sediment built up and was compacted together. Over the next … Read more