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Barnstaple from 1640 to 1670 Symposium

Feb 4, 2023   -   Feb 4, 2023

A day of talks by contributors to Barnstaple 1640-1670, led by Dr.Todd Gray and accompanying the museum exhibition Mapping our Town.


This event is part of the programme accompanying our major exhibition ‘Mapping our Town’, which brings Richard Newcourt’s 17th Century map of Barnstaple back from the Bodleian Library after 350 years. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Symposium will take place at Barnstaple Guildhall and has been arranged in association with The Devonshire Association’s Bideford & North Devon Branch.

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.


10.00 Coffee & tea

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

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

Cost: Adults £10.00, Under 18s £5.00

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This talk is part of the programme accompanying our major exhibition ‘Mapping our Town’ , for more information about our events and exhibitions please visit our What’s On page.


Map of Barnstaple 1650 by Richard Newcourt, Credit: The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Dr Todd Gray

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