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  • #10619
    IV
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    Hello
    The aptly named Victoria Hall in Queen Street Exeter was built in 1869 and gutted by fire in 1919. Does anyone have a photograph or drawing of the Hall, other than during the Hall’s final conflagration? I’d love to see one. Thank you!

    #10622
    JM
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    I thought there might be something on the excellent Demolition Exeter website at http://demolition-exeter.blogspot.com/ . But if there is, I can’t find it.

    #10623
    IV
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    Good thought, but not there or in Peter Thomas’s excellent books (see https://www.peterdthomasphotography.co.uk/). Peter sadly died a couple of weeks ago.

    #10642
    SDBeavan
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    Have you tried Exeter Memories? http://www.exetermemories.co.uk/

    #10643
    Theophilus
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    Gosh…I didn’t know that Peter had died. What will happen to his amazing archive? He allowed me to reproduce a brilliant image from Harry Hems’s workshop for my talks, taken from his collections.

    #10654
    IV
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    I have no idea about the fate of the archive – I’m sure that Peter will have made, or tried to make, arrangements for its future. I can make some discreet enquiries….

    #10658
    IV
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    Thanks @SB. There’s a mention of the Hall but no images of it during its heyday. I’ve seen drawings at DHC of when it was being designed and a couple of internal views but no external photos.

    #10660
    JM
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    Scraping the barrel now! I assume you’ve already searched Google Books/Scholar, the British Newspaper Archive, etc. Did you try the Burnet-Morris Index at the DHC?

    I got six hits on the SWHT online Local Studies Catalogue, some with online internal views of the hall. There’s one more that you might perhaps have missed – http://library-cat.swheritage.org.uk/archive/match-bokbok1882-DA18333

    “A boke of ye fantasie fayre holden atte ye Victoria Halle, in Exon, in ye moneth of Julye, 1882 (1882)”

    #10687
    IV
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    Thanks @jm. I hadn’t seen the latter publication – and I might have run a mile at the thought of that title – but I have added it to my “to retrieve from the DHC” list which is already quite long. Good spot, thanks!

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