The recent discovery in the Bodleian Library of an incredibly details map of Barnstaple dated 1650 by Richard Newcourt has excited historians and the local area with it being 200 years older than any previously known map of the area.
A new exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon accompanied by the publication of a new book, edited by Dr Todd Gray MBE, explores 17th century Barnstaple, shown in the new found map.
The five-year project to return Richard Newcourt’s forgotten map of Barnstaple home culminated in its unveiling at the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon on Friday 11th November.
"I want to thank Tozers who were instrumental in making this possible."
"In particular their support ensured the publication of the accompanying book which will give a lasting legacy to the map’s return after some 350 years!"
Dr Todd Gray MBE
Returning to Barnstaple, this map together with items from our own and South West Heritage Trust collections, including paintings, the Abbott family sketchbook, architectural fragments, cannon balls, and documents aims to create a picture of Barnstaple in 1650, and link it with how the town has grown to the present day.
Visitors will be encouraged to take part in the exhibition, with opportunities to provide feedback, thoughts and opinions on your favourite locations, and get involved in bringing to life 17th Century Barnstaple with model making and dress up.
If you would like to find out more about historical Barnstaple then this is great opportunity to visit the exhibition, look through the book, or join The Museum for a talk, with dates and information of these being released soon.
The five-year project to return Richard Newcourt’s forgotten map of Barnstaple home culminated this past weekend in its unveiling at the Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon.