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Barnstaple from 1640 to 1670 (Bideford Branch)

Sat. 4 February 2023 at 10:00 am

£5 – £10

Barnstaple from 1640 to 1670:  A one-day Symposium

A day of talks by contributors to Barnstaple 1640–1670, led by Dr Todd Gray in association with Barnstaple Museum and the DA’s Bideford & North Devon Branch. The event will be held in Barnstaple’s Guildhall.

This event is part of the programme accompanying a major exhibition at the Barnstaple and North Devon Museum ‘Mapping our Town’, which brings Richard Newcourt’s 17th century map of Barnstaple back from the Bodleian Library after 350 years.

Barum in the mid-1600s experienced considerable economic, social and religious changes. Newcourt’s map allows us to envision the town during what has been called its Golden Age and Barnstaple’s manuscripts tell a story of struggle, opportunity and achievement. Some of the town’s long-told myths will be questioned and new and surprising details revealed.


One of Barnstaple’s early 17th century plaster ceilings – moved in the 1920s to a private home far outside the town. Photo: Todd Gray.

  • 10.00 Coffee & tea on arrival

Morning Chair: Alison Mills

  • 10.30 Dr Todd Gray, Richard Newcourt’s Map
  • 10.45 Terry Green, The Town Walls and Gates
  • 11.15 Dr Jo Cox, St Anne’s Chapel
  • 11.45 Dr Richard Parker, Church of St Peter
  • 12.15 Discussion
  • 12.30 Lunch break (lunch not provided)

Afternoon Chair: Dr Mike Kelly

  • 1.30 Sandi Vass, Surviving buildings illustrated by Newcourt
  • 1.45 Wendy Clarke, The Priory
  • 2.15 Naomi Ayre, The Second Guildhall
  • 2.45 Dr Todd Gray, 62 Boutport Street: from townhouse to The Bank
  • 3.30 Discussion

Ticket prices: Adults £10.00, Under 18s £5.00. Tickets were sold via the Art Tickets website.


Sat. 4 February 2023
10:00 am
£5 – £10
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The Guildhall
Butchers Row
Barnstaple, Devon EX31 1BW