Five facts about Barnstaple you may not know
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How well do you know Barnstaple? Here are some facts about this North Devon town you might not know...
You live and work in Barnstaple, you roam the streets every day and you hurry around to get your shopping – but here are some facts you might not know…
1. Bullet holes
If you look closely at the Penrose Almshouses in Litchdon Street, you can still see the bullet holes visible from the region’s part in the Civil War.
2. Four faced liar
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The Albert clock tower on The Square in Barnstaple is also known as the ‘four faced liar’ – its four different clock faces never read the same time.
3. Rugby player
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- 2 Family pay tribute to 20-year-old Danny Goodman after tragic collision on A386
- 3 52-year-old man dies in three car crash between Bideford and Torrington
- 4 Burglar jailed for Westward Ho! raid that left pensioners too frightened to sleep
- 5 Coveted Muddy Stiletto award for Bideford's Josie's Interiors
- 6 Police investigate midnight assault on scooter rider in Barnstaple
- 7 North Devon Healthcare Trust department awarded Academic status
- 8 Barnstaple Fair set to return for 2021 - 'May the show go on!'
- 9 Man dies after 'single vehicle collision' on the A386
- 10 Ilfracombe lifeboat tows stricken yacht to safety
Rugby player Phil Vickery was born in Barnstaple – as was composer Nigel Brooks. John Gay, who wrote The Beggars Opera was also thought to have been born and raised in the town.
4. Elephant remains
In February 1844, fossil remains were discovered under Summerland Street in Barnstaple, believed to be part of a Woolly Mammoth Elephas Primigenius, now known as Mammuthus Primigenius.
5. Spanish Armada
In 1588, five fighting ships sailed from Barnstaple to join Sir Francis Drake’s fleet at Plymouth, ready to fight the Spanish Armada.