The Ballad of Barnstaple’s Gaols

We often come across intriguing items which have a story to tell when we are looking for something else in our collections, this generally happens when we are doing something quickly for someone! This was the case when I kept coming across images of a rather imposing building from various angles and in various states …

10 Facts About Our Items on Display at the Guildhall, Barnstaple

1. There Are Several items on Display in the Dodderidge Room of the Guildhall. The room itself was rescued from a house in Cross Street when it was pulled down to make way for new post office. The wooden panelling, fireplace and original window were then relocated to its current home just behind the council …

Beyond the Library…

Not all of our collections are held on-site, when we first opened our doors back in 1888 we were not just a library. We were also a museum and archive for Barnstaple and the North Devon area. Some of the items in our collections had been given to us when we were still the Literary …