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Welcome to Barnstaple History Box! 
A free resource accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about the history of Barnstaple. 
On this page you will find lots of free resources to download, from information leaflets, maps and much more.  
We hope you will enjoy learning about our towns fascinating and diverse history.  
Barnstaple during the English Civil War is a widely unknown area of the towns history. With the help of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017, we were able to dedicate time and resources to exploring this time in the towns past.  
Below are links to the resources about that time period:  
Historic buildings of Barnstaple 

Barnstaple Guildhall  

The Guildhall in Barnstaple is a Grade II listed building built in 1826 and Barnstaple's third Guildhall. Once a court room, it now houses the town silver and other precious artifacts, and hosts Barnstaple's most traditional civic events.  
For more information see the links below: 

The Albert Clock  

The Albert Clock is Barnstaples most recognizable landmark. Built in 1862 in commemoration of Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria.  
For more infortmation see the links below: 
 
 
 
 

St Anne's Chapel  

St Anne's is one of Barnstaple's oldest surviving buildings and its only remaining Chantry Chapel. This building has a very diverse and fascinating history. 
For more information see the links below: 

The History of Barnstaple Fair 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Notable people in Barnstaples past  

 
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