Barnstaple, Devon
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

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

First Job

This picture has particularly fond memories as on the immediate right is Darks the Jewellers' shop, where I started my first job as an apprentice. The window immediately above the sun blind is the watch repairer's workshop. Two doors away is Timothy Whites, a name long gone from our High Streets.

Barnstaple, Bear Street C1955

The parked car is outside my great uncle's cobbler and shoe shop. When I was eight, I spent time 'working' in the shop for a few pennies The church opposite was where the local Brownies met weekly of which I was one.

A memory of Barnstaple by Claire Allen

Chivenor 1949

I was 19 years old, in the R.A.F. at Chivenor from October, 1948 to June, 1949 and was at the dance-hall in Barnstaple one of those nights in April, 1949. Across the room was the loveliest girl I had ever seen, brown wavy hair to her shoulders, etc., for me,it was love at first sight. I walked across and said "Excuse me, ...Read full memory