Being an attempt to supply the want of a history to that ancient town


Joseph Besly Gribble

Barnstaple: North Devon Journal Office (1830) Map, illus. 197 pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

More than 1,000 years of history, from the Saxons to the present day, can be found in Barnstaple, or Barum - England's oldest borough and Devon's largest town. The Castle Mound, built by the Normans around 1100 AD is all that remains of the ancient defences of the Borough. Barnstaple played some part in the Civil War in the mid 17th century. This well-written and very well researched early history of one of Devonshire's ancient towns has two chapters, each with an extensive appendix of source materials. The first chapter focuses on the lengthy history of Barnstaple, the second upon the many charities that have accrued to the Town over the centuries. A print copy of the history is held at the Bodleian Library and an electronic copy may be accessed here.
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