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Barnstaple, Devon

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Barnstaple, Devon

Barnstaple Listen/ˈbɑrnstəbəl/ or /ˈbɑrnstəpəl/ is a former river-port, large town, civil parish and the capital of the local government district of North Devon in the county of Devon, England. Since 1974, it has been a civil parish governed by town council. The parish of Barnstaple has a population of 23,710 but the population of the urban area of the town taking in Sticklepath, Roundswell and Bickington is 30,916.
DistrictNorth Devon
Administrative CountyDevon
Traditional CountyDevon
OS GridSS5633
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDevon and Somerset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01271

Other names by which Barnstaple, Devon has been known in the past

Barnestaple ~ Barnstable ~ Bastable ~ Berdenestaple ~ Berstaple ~ Tunge Abertawe ~ Barnestapla ~ Bardestapla ~ Barnestabla

Barnstaple, Devon in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Barnstaple. mun. bor., seaport town, and par., N. Devon, on river Taw, 40 mile s NW. of Exeter and 211 miles SW. of London by rail -- bor., 1750 ac., pop. 12,282; par., 1102 ac., pop. 9518; 4 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Friday. B. is an ancient town, and has lace mfrs., potteries, shipbuilding, and fishing. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) Barnstaple returned 2 members to Parliament until 1885.

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