Saint’s Rest: Exeter Dissenters and their Graveyard

Lunchtime Talk

In the years between 1748 and 1854 more than 1500 Protestant Dissenters were buried in a small graveyard on the south side of Magdalen Street just outside Exeter’s city walls.  Within 30 years of closure the site was neglected and largely remained so until 2014 when a Trust was set up to acquire, improve and maintain this historic site.

Biographies of many of the people and families buried in the graveyard have been pieced together by an enthusiastic Research Group and Dr Ian Varndell, the Exeter Dissenters’ Graveyard Trust’s (EDGT) Honorary Treasurer, will talk about the history of the site, the renovation work that has been carried out, and he will give an insight into a few of the individuals buried and commemorated in the graveyard.

Dr Ian Varndell is a retired bioscientist and company director who is interested in historic landscapes, including burial grounds.  In addition to his role with the EDGT he chairs the Royal Society of Biology in Devon & Cornwall and from 2012-16 he chaired the Devon Gardens Trust.

Advance tickets for this event, £5, can be purchased online from or by telephone on 01392 665885 (Exeter Tourist Information Centre).

Please note that although this is part of the St Nicholas Priory talk series, this particular talk will take place at 21 The Mint, which is a historic building opposite St Nicholas Priory in Mint Lane, Exeter.  The room in which the talk will take place is upstairs and therefore not wheelchair accessible.

This event is supported by The National Lottery  through the Heritage Lottery Fund.



Nov 27 2019


13:00 - 14:00



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