| Share
 

Barnstaple

Barnstaple (bärnˈstəpəl) [key], town (1991 pop. 24,490), Devon, SW England, on the Taw River estuary. The river is spanned there by a 16-arch stone bridge dating from the 13th cent. Barnstaple is the chief marketing town of north Devon and a tourist center. Gloves, pottery, bricks, tiles, furniture, and lace are manufactured. Barnstaple once carried on a large woolen export trade with the American colonies. John Gay, famous for The Beggar's Opera, was born in Barnstaple.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on Barnstaple from Infoplease:

  • Bristol Channel - Bristol Channel Bristol Channel, inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, c.85 mi (140 km) long and from 5 to ...
  • John Gay - Gay, John Gay, John, 1685–1732, English playwright and poet, b. Barnstaple, Devon. Educated ...
  • Devonshire Poet - Devonshire Poet O. Jones, a journeyman wool-comber, who lived at the close of the 18th century. ...
  • Encyclopedia: British and Irish Political Geography - Encyclopeadia articles concerning British and Irish Political Geography.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: British and Irish Political Geography

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring