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85. The Otter The otter has become an icon for North Devon. Firstly, because this charismatic creature is more common      here than in many other parts of England; and secondly because Henry Williamson’s 1927 classic, Tarka the Otter, is set in the land of the Two Rivers:  the Taw and Torridge.  Northern Devon has enthusiastically … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 85

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94. The Hore Collection Residing in a beautifully made purpose-built cabinet is one of the museum’s treasures.  This is the personal herbarium of the Rev. William Strong Hore. The Hore Collection comprises fourteen volumes of British seaweeds, four volumes of Australian seaweeds and two volumes of foreign seaweeds. The fragility of the specimens means they … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 94

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3. Rocks of North Devon These two specimens of rocks and minerals from the Natural History gallery are worth a close look.  The first is Wavellite, a relatively uncommon mineral, and the other is quartz, commonly encountered in North Devon. Wavellite was named in honour of Dr William Wavell, a physician who moved to Barnstaple … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 3