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48. Rev Squire's Christmas Decorations In 1918 the country celebrated its first peacetime Christmas in four years.  For many families Christmases during the war had been times of sorrow and anxiety.  With sons and husbands away at the front it didn’t seem right to celebrate.  Those who could sent their loved ones festive gifts of … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 48

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51. A Civil War Bandolier Bandoliers are a type of pocketed belt designed to hold ammunition. These 17th-century examples may have been used by North Devon soldiers fighting in the English Civil War. In Barnstaple, the majority supported the Parliamentarian cause. In August 1642, when Charles I officially declared war on the ‘rebel’ Roundheads, Barnstaple … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 51

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53. Herbert Algar's Diary These First World War dairies were found in an attic in Plymouth.  They were written by Herbert Cecil Algar, a Trooper in the Royal First Devon Yeomanry. Herbert Algar was a farm labourer from Cornwall.  His diary begins as he joins 6,000 other troops bound for the Mediterranean in September 1915.  … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 53

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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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88. The Sign of the Three Tuns These three miniature barrels or tuns suspended one above the other are a pub sign that used to hang outside the Three Tuns Inn in Barnstaple High Street. In the 19th century there were over 100 pubs in the town.  The sign was made by William James Norman … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 88

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7. The Seekers' Photograph Album This little photo album records the North Devon walking holiday of an unknown couple during the early part of the Second World War in 1940, at the time of the evacuation from Dunkirk.     The album opens with a delicately painted map of their route, and their accounts of each rain-sodden … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 7

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2. The Naval Surgeon's Coat This navy blue frock coat belonged to Dr Simon Gage Britton. The buttons of the coat are decorated with snakes climbing a staff, a symbol still used by the British Medical Association and countless other doctors’ organisations around the world.  It represents the rod of Asclepius, a Greek god associated … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 2

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1: A Manual of Devotion The first in our 100 Objects series was written by the late David Butt, one of the founding members of the museum Development Trust. As a young boy I remember many stories where the hero was shot...only to rise again as the bullet hit his sheriff’s badge or the tobacco … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 1