Dingle’s Department Store, Exeter

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.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Watercolour on Paper
Common Name
Dingle’s Department Store, Exeter
Simple Name
Period Classification
Modern (1945-)
Production Town
Production Country
England; England
Production Date
Production Person Initials
Cyril ArthurJohn J
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Dingle’s Department Store, Exeter