Barnstaple, Devon
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Barnstaple and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Bear Street Post Office

Not exactly 1965, but around that time. I was/am the grandaughter of the Bidgoods that ran the PO. I used to go out with my Dad delivering groceries in an old Standard 10 van. I can remember every inch of the whole building, parts of which we weren't supposed to go in! Sadly it was demolished some years ago.

Rock Park Swimming Pool

I attended the North Devon Technical School in the late 50's having passed the 13+ from Barnstaple Secondary Modern ( I've yet to meet anyone that took the 13+ in recent years) I must have been about 14 -15 when the school sent us to have swimming lessons in the Rock Park swimming Pool. I lived nereby in Newport ...Read full memory

A memory of Barnstaple by John Cole

School Swimming Lessons

I remember well going to the swimming baths once a week during the summer for swimming lessons. We used to walk from Pilton School to Rock Park, or those of us with bikes were allowed to cycle and wait at the park for the others. I cannot imagine that being allowed today. By the time we gained access to the pool it ...Read full memory