Dingle’s Department Store, Exeter (Drawing)

Ownership/credit: Purchased with support from the Friends of RAMM and the Kent Kingdon bequest.

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Cyril Arthur Farey was a well-regarded architect and watercolour painter. This drawing of Dingles (later House of Fraser) is a visual record of a pivotal moment in the architectural history of Exeter’s shopping area. Princesshay opened in the 1950s. It was the first pedestrianised shopping street in the country. It replaced the pre-war area known as Bedford Circus that was heavily damaged during the Second World War. This painting also records a time when cars were permitted on the High Street, an area restricted to bicycles and public transport today.

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