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Billeting Arrangements In Exeter – 1892 & 1894

This booklet was compiled by members of the Devon Family History Society in co-operation with the Devon Records Office. The booklet provides an extract of some information and further details may be obtained from the Devon Records Office. Exeter had two barracks for the army: the Higher Barracks built in 1794 in Howell Road for the cavalry and the Lower Barracks built in 1806 in Topsham Road for the artillery. These served as lodgings for regiments of the regular army quartered in Exeter, but could accommodate only a small number of men and by the end of the 19th century were insufficient to cope with hundreds of soldiers passing through the city every year. These two returns list the victuallers in Exeter in 1892 and 1894, and may have been kept as evidence for the petition to the Secretary of State. The name of the victualler is given, the name of his hotel or inn and its street address and the number of men, officers or horses which he could accommodate. The two returns form a complete survey of public houses, inns and hotels in Exeter in the 1890s. For family historians, they are useful in creating a picture of what areas of the city was like at that time, as well as giving invaluable information about ancestors involved in running licensed premises.


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