The Old Port of Barnstaple, days gone bye
From the 14th Century, Barnstaple was licensed to export wool from the countryside, since the Merchant’s claimed that the Town had been declared a free borough in Saxon Times. This brought great wealth to Barnstaple, whose town centre still preserves a medieval layout and character. Later the town became an importer of Irish wool, but its harbour silted up, and it developed other industries, such as shipbuilding, foundries and sawmills.


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