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38. Matron's Autograph Book This autograph book belonged to Jane Appleton, the fourth and final matron of the Barnstaple Red Cross Hospital in the First World War. The hospital was set up at The Miller Institute on Derby Road, now Yeo Valley Primary School.  It was one of around 3,000 temporary Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 38

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39. A Painting by Brian Chugg This painting is entitled “Composite of Beach Defences I” and was painted by Brian Chugg from sketches made just after the Second World War. Brian Chugg (1926-2003) was born and lived in Braunton, North Devon. He studied at Bideford School of Art 1946-9 then Camberwell School of Art 1949-50. … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 39

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47. Dragons in the Pottery Gallery The late 19th century was a golden age of Art Pottery in Barnstaple.   Our collections include many highly decorated items, both useful and useless, made by the three Barnstaple companies of Lauder, Baron and Brannam.  Responding to the late Victorian demand for decorative objects, Barnstaple’s Art Potters let their … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 47

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56. A Dissenter's Portrait During the Civil War the town of Barnstaple supported Parliament rather than the king, in contrast to more rural areas. In 1662, after his restoration to the throne, King Charles II passed the Act of Uniformity, which made it illegal to worship outside of the Church of England. Many people objected … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 56

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57. The Fishley Beaker This cheery beaker was made by Edwin Beer Fishley at the Fremington Pottery.  The Fishley family are well known for their continuation of the North Devon pottery tradition throughout the 19th century.  The bulk of their output was everyday jugs and pans, and they also made cloam ovens, salters and other … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 57

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63. The Bromley's Sign Bromley’s, the name of the museum tea room, pays homage to a long-standing, successful and popular business which was at the heart of Barnstaple’s social life for 60 years and was known to Barumites and visitors alike.  When the restaurant closed in 1984, the sign which for years was to be … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 63

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65. Clara Peters' Watercolours Shortly before her death in 1939 Clara Elizabeth Peters presented her extensive collection of watercolour paintings of local plants and flowers to the North Devon Athenaeum. Clara, known as Chrissie, was born in London in 1865, the daughter of a piano maker.  Her mother died when she was a child, and … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 65

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67. A William Baron Puzzle Jug Puzzle jugs were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and made in great numbers in North Devon up to the 1930s, usually carrying a verse challenging the user to drink without spilling.  This particular jug was made by William Baron at the Brannam Pottery in Litchdon Street in … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 67

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72. A Sketch by WR Lethaby William Richard Lethaby (1857-1931) may be the most significant individual Barnstaple has ever produced. He was a leading designer, educator, conservationist and historian and produced very significant works as an architect. He was the Keeper of Fabric for Westminster Abbey for many years, initiated the system of listing buildings … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 72

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76. Barnstaple from Sticklepath A favourite item from the Athenaeum collections and one that rewards close examination is this 18th Century oil painting of Barnstaple, Pilton and surrounding area. The view is by an unknown artist, and probably dates from the 1730s. Two spires are to be seen within the town belonging to the Church … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 76