South Molton derives its name from the river Mole. It was chartered by Elizabeth, and subsequently by Charles II. In coaching days it was an important trade centre, but has since declined. In 1655, Sir John Penruddock was captured after a three-hour street fight in South Molton by soldiers of the New Model Army. With his capture, the Penruddock uprising came to an end and so did the 1655 plans of the Sealed Knot to restore King Charles II to the throne. The town was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. It retained its status as a municipal borough until 1967, when it became a rural borough in the South Molton Rural District. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.