South Molton originated in early Saxon times, the area being occupied from about 650AD. The Domesday Book (1086) showed the settlement to be of some importance with 4 priests recorded. The town originated around the church and in the Middle Ages a square was laid out as a new market place. Gilbert de Turberville created the borough in about 1150. There exist two Royal Borough Charters, one granted by Elizabeth I in 1590 and the second by Charles II in 1684. These are commemorated each year with an Olde English Fair. 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 University of Michigan Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.