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The Princess first met Townsend, a Battle of Britain fighter pilot, when she was still a teenager and he, twice her age, was married with two children and equerry to her father, King George VI. Their relationship was exposed after the Queen's coronation in June when a newspaper reporter noticed the Princess flick a piece of fluff from Townsend's jacket. But the marriage was dogged by rumours of infidelity and heavy drinking, and the couple divorced in Terms and Conditions. Style Book. Weather Forecast.

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The Princess died in February aged 71, seven years after Townsend died aged The meeting-house of the Independents is on the site of the old gaol, in the parish of St. The Wesleyan methodists occupy the old meeting-house of the seceding Presbyterians in Musgrave Lane, which they have enlarged and nearly rebuilt. The Calvinistic methodists, in Mr. Whitfield's connection, have a meetinghouse in Rock Lane, in the parish of St. Mary Major, and the followers of Mr.

Baring, another in the parish of Allhallows on the wall. It appears by the return, made to Mr. Daniel Neale, author of the History of the Puritans fn.

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In the early part of the last century, a great controversy arose among the dissenters of Exeter, which spread over a great part of the kingdom. Having been referred to the London ministers, it created a great division, and gave rise to an incredible number of controversial pamphlets. The point in controversy was the doctrine of the Trinity. Pearce and Mr.

Hallet having embraced the doctrines of Arianism, were ejected by their congregation, and in the event, opened a new meeting-house in the Mint in the year Ten pamphlets in this controversy were written by Mr. Pearce, who was author of many other controversial tracts, and some philosophical works: he was esteemed one of the chief champions of the dissenters in his day. Pearce died in In the Mint meeting-house was a monument to his memory, since removed to the George meeting-house.

In his epitaph, he is called "a rational, judicious, and sagacious interpreter of the Holy Scriptures, a singular lover of truth, a courageous sufferer for maintaining the doctrines of the Gospel of Christ, and for asserting the liberty of Christians. Hallet, his coadjutor, who died in , wrote upon the Scriptures; upon our Saviour's miracles; and several controversial tracts, some of which were directed against the infidel writers of his day.

The late David Williams, of latitudinarian principles, founder of the literary fund, was some time, in the early part of his life, one of the pastors of this meeting. The congregations were afterwards united, and the late eminent and worthy divine Micaiah Towgood was many years one of the pastors.

He was first settled at Exeter in When a dissenting academy was established at this place in , he read lectures on the scriptures. In , he resigned the pastoral charge, upon which occasion a silver vase was presented to him by his congregation, with a sum of money to defray the expences of publishing a complete edition of his works. This last offer he declined, but in his 84th year published an address to the society on the grounds of their faith. He died in , in the 92d year of his age. His works, political and controversial, were numerous: among other topics, he wrote in defence of infant baptism.

His pamphlet, entitled a Dissenting Gentleman's Letter, is held in high estimation by the dissenters. The Mint meeting-house was given up about the year Of late years, such changes have taken place among the dissenters, that it is extremely difficult to distinguish them by appropriate denominations: this chiefly refers to the Presbyterians and Independents.

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Indeed the circumstances which distinguished these two great bodies of the dissenters have long ceased to exist, and the terms, though retained by Adams in his "History of Religions," and still used in conversation, are become obsolete and improper. The congregations, which were Presbyterian, have all long ceased to be governed by a Presbytery. Most of these congregations have become strictly Unitarians, or, as they have been sometimes called, Humanitarians, whilst others believe in the pre-existence of our Saviour, and are more properly to be called Arians.

A few of those which were the old independent congregations, are also Unitarians; but by far the greater part are Calvinists; and here arises a fresh difficulty, that several new congregations which originated from the people generally called Methodists, but not belonging to any of the regular connections of that body, style themselves Independent Calvinists.

I was not aware of these circumstances before a considerable part of the volume was printed; in the subsequent part of it, I shall mention the congregations in each parish, as they existed in , with such notice of their present state as I shall have been able to procure. Barkham, Dean of Bocking, a learned antiquary, herald, and historian, whose heraldic and historic works came before the public under the names of Gwillim and Speed, ; Sir Simon Baskerville, an eminent physician and anatomist, ; William Hakewill, a learned lawyer, who wrote on the liberty of the subject; his brother, the learned Dr.

Richard Walker, author of the "Sufferings of the Clergy,"; Joseph Hallett, the dissenting divine already mentioned, ; Dr. Chapple speaks of Eustace Budgell as a native of Exeter; he is generally said to have been born at St. Thomas's parish, about , but I do not find that his baptism is recorded in their registers. Musgrave, the antiquary, and Dr. Downman, the poet, resided several years at Exeter as practising physicians.

Robert Pullein, who came from Exeter in the reign of Henry I. The most ancient hospital now existing at Exeter, and perhaps altogether the most ancient foundation of the kind, if we except the Fratres Calendarum fn. Mary Magdalen, in the parish of the Holy Trinity, without the south gate; founded long before the year , when certain privileges were granted to it by Bishop Bartholomew Iscanus.

The bishop's charter speaks of it as an old establishment, which had of long time been entitled to certain tolls, and possessed lands and rents amounting to 2 l. The number of lepers was confined to thirteen, and they were restrained from going into the city. The corporation were made patrons of this hospital in Izacke relates, that Richard Orenge, mayor of the city in , descended of noble foreign parentage, being afflicted with leprosy, submitted to the good pleasure of Almighty God, and was contented to dwell among the lazars at the Magdalen, where he ended his days.

Leland speaks of this hospital as being inhabited by sick people in his time. There are six small houses on the site, not contiguous, inhabited by poor persons, appointed by the corporation. The chapel, which was dedicated by Bishop Brewer, still remains, but has long been desecrated. Robert Sokespitch, at an early period, gave four acres of meadow, and thirty acres of marsh land, in Clistwick, to this hospital. By a decree in Chancery, in , the sum of 2 l.

Mary Magdalen, by the dean and chapter. John Peryam, Esq. It has also two small rent-charges. The hospital of St. John, in the parish of St. Lawrence, was founded about the year , by Gilbert and John Long, merchants; and appears to have consisted originally of brethren and sisters. Alexis' Cell, afterwards St. Burians, founded in the year by William, son of Ralph Prodom, was united to St. John's: it was of the order of St.

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By an agreement of exchange in , the bishop became patron of this hospital; Bishops Bronscombe and Quivil considerably augmented its endowment. Bishop Grandisson having found it in a very decayed condition, succeeded in restoring it, and appointed that there should be five priests, of whom one should be superior, or prior, twelve poor persons, eight grammar boys, and a master.

The site was granted by that monarch to Thomas Carew: the hospital was for a while deprived of all its revenues, and the buildings went to decay. It appears, nevertheless, that the poor men who belonged to it at the time of the suppression, had their pensions, of 1 l. In , Queen Elizabeth gave the corporation the power of appointing the pensioners as their places should become vacant; the crown keeping up the payments.

Jenkins, who published a history of Exeter in , says, that there were then two pensioners belonging to the hospital, and that their pensions had been lately discontinued by the corporation. In , Mrs. Joan Crossing and her son, having purchased the site, restored the buildings, and conveyed the hospital to trustees; and not long afterwards King Charles I.

Catherine's almshouse was founded for thirteen poor persons, by John Stevens, M.

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The Rev. William Herne, in , gave 1 s. The present income of the almshouse, including what is given by the dean and chapter, is about 32 l. Wynard's Hospital, or almshouse, anciently called God's house, was founded in , by William Wynard, Esq. Sir George Speke being possessed of the patronage of this hospital by inheritance from Wynard, increased the pensions of the poor men.

In , the chapel and house are said to have been destroyed: it is evident, nevertheless, from the present appearance of the chapel, which is a building of the fifteenth century, that it was only dilapidated. In , the corporation having commenced a suit against George Speke, Esq. It was settled that Mr. Speke and his heirs should appoint four of the paupers, being decayed men of Devonshire or Somersetshire, and the corporation the remaining eight, who should be poor decayed tradesmen of the city.

The hospital lands, on the failure of male issue in the family of Speke, came by marriage to Frederick Lord North: who, in , sold them, with the patronage of the hospital, to William Kennaway, Esq. This gentleman repaired the houses, beautified the chapel, and presented it with a service of communion plate. Mark Kennaway, Esq. In the chapel is a tablet with an inscription to the memory of the founder, probably put up, or at least restored, when the chapel was repaired, in There are monuments also for William Kennaway, Esq.

Grendon's almshouses, called the Ten Cells, in the parish of St. Mary Major, were founded in the year by Simon Grendon, Esq. It was endowed by the founder with certain lands, and the corporation were made trustees. Alice Heath, in , gave all her lands in East and West Teignmouth, and elsewhere in Devon, for the sole use and benefit of the pensioners of this house; David Hensley, the same year, gave a rent-charge of 20 s.

William Bucknam, Esq. Willian Herne, in , gave a penny a week to each pensioner; John Haydon, of Cadhay, gave a rent-charge of 2 l. This benefaction appears to have been long ago misapplied and lost. In the year , Sir William Bonville directed by his will, that his executors should give marks for leave to amortize fifty marks per annum, as the endowment of an hospital in Comb-rew, now Rock-lane, in the city of Exeter, for twelve poor men and women, and he bequeathed to it all his rents in the city, except that of his own house.