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Spoon jar, jar spoon, spoon jar jar. Nonsense to people who’ve never heard of Tommy Cooper. For fans like me it’s magic. Easily amused by simple words such as those and bits of local trivia I was impressed to learn recently that Mr Cooper used to live in Exeter, from 1924 until 1933. I also felt compelled to seek out these local links to the comedian.
Tommy was just three when his family moved to Devon from Caerphilly, Wales. A quick Google search revealed that they lived in a house on Fords Road, number 3. It's just a short walk from St Thomas’ station, the best part of 3km from St David’s where I started from.
According to Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing his mother would make Ice Cream in the summer and sell it from the front window of the house. Then when his parents got an ice cream van he would help them sell it down in Dawlish Warren.
3 Fords Road
For his education he went to the boy's section of the nearby Comrie House Prep School, which I couldn’t locate exactly. Exeter Memories suggests it was destroyed in the war and was located at the end of Isca Road, at the junction with Willeys Avenue.
However he also attended Mount Radford School for Boys which is easy to find, though a bit more of a trek from the main stations, located at 56 St Leonards Road. There’s apparently a plaque commemorating his time there in the school chapel though nothing outside.
Mount Radford School - 56 St Leonards Road
In the end it was just a trail of two places but cool for a Cooper fan nonetheless. Finding them made for an interesting Sunday afternoon walk and is definitely a must for any fans visiting Exeter. For anyone interested in seeking out the spots themselves there’s a link to download a Google Earth path below, which will show you my route “just like that”.
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