This November join us at the St Sidwells Community Centre for a series of exciting new heritage talks relating to St Sidwells and the wider area. Doors open at 19:30 for a 20:00 start. £3.50 per person or £10.00 for all four talks. Refreshments and nibbles included. Pay on the door.
Wednesday 2nd Nov
“The Witches of St Sidwells” – by Professor Mark Stoyle
It is well know that Exeter is the last place in England in which people were executed for the supposed ‘crime’ of witchcraft. What is not so well known is that Exeter is also the first place in the South West of England in which people are known to have been executed for that same crime – and that the very first witch who is known to have been hanged at Exeter was a resident of the suburban parish of St Sidwells, which was then a notorious hotbed of crime and disorder. In this talk, Professor Mark Stoyle will tell the story of the men and women who were accused of witchcraft in St Sidwells during the Tudor and Stuart periods, while, at the same time, shedding new light on day-to-day life in this crowded, vibrant parish during perhaps its most turbulent age.
Wednesday 9th Nov
“The History of the Grecians – from St Sidwells’ United to Exeter City FC” – by Izaak Radecki and William Barrett
A fascinating exploration into the history of Exeter City Football Club with members from the History of St James Park project.
Wednesday 16th Nov
TBC – Coming Soon
Keep an eye on our website here.
Wednesday 23rd Nov
“The Last Duel – the story of local hero Dr Hennis” – by Linda Findlay
The last man in the south-west to die in a duel was Exeter’s hero of the cholera epidemic Dr Peter Hennis, buried here at St Sidwells. Find out why he was loved by the locals and hated by his killer in this interesting talk by local researcher Linda Findlay.