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37. The Yeomanry Music This hand-written sheet music was created in 1852 by the Thomas and John Marshall, the sons of the owner and manager of the Barnstaple Bank. The two Regiments of Yeomanry, the North Devons and the First Devons, had originally been created to protect against a potential invasion by Napoleonic France.  By … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 37

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42. A Fragment of Holy Trinity Church This piece of stone came from the pinnacle of Holy Trinity church tower, which was struck by lightning on Whit Sunday, 1890. At that time the church was less than 50 years old. In 1842 John James Scott was the curate at Pilton Church, and thought that Barnstaple’s … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 42

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45. The Straight-Tusked Elephant Why an elephant in Barnstaple?  In 1844, workmen digging clay in the brickfields in Summerland Street unearthed this fragment of elephant tusk, together with some teeth (now in the Natural History Museum).  At this time the popular view was that the earth was no more than 5,800 years old, although many … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 45

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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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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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62. A Lauder and Smith Brick This Lauder and Smith brick represents the life and work of Alexander Lauder (1836-1921), architect, potter, teacher, Methodist and Mayor of Barnstaple. Alexander Lauder (1836-1921) was the son of a lime merchant who trained as an architect in Scotland.  Most of his surviving buildings are Wesleyan Chapels and schools … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 62

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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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73. The Shapland and Petter Hooter The Shapland and Petter works hooter was familiar to Barumites thoughout the 20th century for its loud cry that sounded every working day over Barnstaple. The hooter is built on essentially the same lines as a steam locomotive’s whistle, although it is rather larger and audible over a far … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 73

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77. Francis Carruthers Gould's Sketchbook These sketches are the work of a young Francis Carruthers Gould, born in Barnstaple, who became the first regular political cartoonist on a daily paper.  They show some of his favourite early targets, the Barnstaple beadle and the Mayor, Mr Guppy. Francis Carruthers Gould was the son of Richard Davie … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 77