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Barnstaple, having been granted a charter in 930, claims to be the oldest borough in England. The town, the largest in north Devon, lies about 40 miles to the north west of Exeter and has a population in the region of 18,000. The town produced its own coins in the local mint in the tenth century. At one time Barnstaple was a busy port and shipbuilding centre but its importance as a port declined with the silting up of the river Taw estuary. Once a wool market and cloth manufacturing town, it remains an agricultural centre, with regular markets. The map below shows the features of the town of Barnstaple as it was around the middle of the twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

Barnstaple Town Map

Map of Barnstaple

Old map of the town of Barnstaple circa 1950

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Map of Barnstaple

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