Barnstaple: Town On The Taw By Lois Lamplugh

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A comprehensive history of Barnstaple, princpal town in North Devon. It has a well-documented and eventful history. For many centuries the commercial and administrative centre of North Devon, it was a busy port for more than five centuries and had its beginnings as Alfred the Great’s new, defensive towns, protecting Devon from the Vikings

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Pre-owned. Barnstaple’s story is of great interest both to those who live in and around this town and to its large annual influx of visitors, who care for the place; yet, remarkably, it is more than 150 years since John Gribble provided the last attempt at a comprehensive history. Now, after some thirty years of research, in the British Museum Reading Room, in the Borough and County records and elsewhere, Lois Lamplugh has produced a gripping account, for the general reader, of the way the town developed and its people lived, from Saxon times to the present century. Throughout the centuries, the author’s vivid text gives a lively picture not only of the memorable events but also of the way of life of generations of Barnstaple folk as the little Saxon burh gradually developed into the town of today. Well-illustrated and well-written, this is not a book to gather dust in the reference shelves, but a stirring story of the making of Barnstaple that will intrigue everyone who knows the town and that adds significantly to the published history of devon. Some tanning to this book and also page edges have darkened with time. Dust jacket has one 5cm tear but none of it is missing. No inscriptions. Hardcover. Published by Phillimore and Co Ltd 1983

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Weight 0.577 kg