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Place name in Exeter, Devon

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Slartibartfast Report 26 Aug 2019 09:24

An ancestor, Thomas Foster was living in a place called Gulleys Ope - North Street, Exeter (1851 Census).
On the 1861 census it is shown as Gullicks Hope - Lower North Street, Exeter.

Does anyone have any local knowledge and can tell me which is the correct spelling?
It looks like it could have been a row of houses or a court as opposed to a name of a house.

Many thanks.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 26 Aug 2019 09:59

Have you tried googling for it

It seems to be a few houses

Doesn’t specifically mention it but makes interesting reading


Slartibartfast Report 26 Aug 2019 10:59

Thank you. I have tried Googling it.


ArgyllGran Report 26 Aug 2019 12:02

In 1851, it comes between nos 2 and 3 North Street, and in 1861 it's between nos 2 and 3 Lower North Street.

Maybe some sort of alley or courtyard??
According to the description of the enumeration district in both years, it was on the east side of Lower North Street.

There's a mention of it here:

List of St Anne's Well Brewery Co Ltd pubs
[including ]
16. 1 & 2 Gullick’s Ope, Exeter
25. 24 & 25 Lower North Street & 26 Gullick’s Ope, Exeter
26. Cottage in Gullick’s Ope, Exeter
27. Coach- house & stabling in Gullick’s Ope, Exeter

In 1871 Thomas's son Edward is still there - it's called Gullack's Ope in 1871.


greyghost Report 26 Aug 2019 12:13

From google -
Plymouth has a lot of "Ope"s, presumably short for "opening".

These are ginnels or single track roads between 2 buildings and usually share the same name as the minor road running behind the properties. Princess St Ope, Basket Ope, etc.

Try googling St annes brewery history -

No. 16 on the list has 1&2 Gullick's Ope, Exeter - plus others


ArgyllGran Report 26 Aug 2019 12:37

Very detailed history of Lower North Street / Northernhay Street/ Paul Street and area - but unfortunately no mention of Gullick or similar:

There is a long paragraph about St Annes Well Brewery on page 11 of the document (page 8 on the link).

Have you tried contacting the local history society ?



Slartibartfast Report 26 Aug 2019 13:14

Thank you all very much.
I think I can safely rule out Gulleys.


ArgyllGran Report 26 Aug 2019 13:16

Also give up "Hope" - so to speak.