From the fourteenth century, it was licensed to export wool, since the merchants claimed that the town had been declared a free borough in Saxon times.This brought great wealth to Barnstaple, whose town centre still preserves a medieval layout and character.
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I reproduce the booklet here as originally published except that I have added several intermediate paragraph breaks and headings. It is interesting as a piece of social history and it also shows how writing and punctuation standards have changed over the years. BARNSTAPLE (or Barum), the Metropolis of North Devon, charmingly situated on the banks of the river Taw, is not only an enterprising and progressive township, but is full of interest for the historical student and the lover of antiquities.
Loud and sudden there was heard, All around them and below, The sound of hammers, blow on blow, Knocking away the shores and spurs, And see, she stirs! Barnstaple ranks among the oldest boroughs in the Kingdom : indeed, there is strong evidence to support the claim that it is absolutely the oldest.
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