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HER Number:MDV102389
Name:42 High Street, Barnstaple


Site of The Literary and Scientific Institution that opened in 1845. It contained reading rooms, a library and the beginnings of a museum.


Grid Reference:SS 557 333
Map Sheet:SS53SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBarnstaple
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBARNSTAPLE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LIBRARY (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD)

Full description

North Devon Athenaeum, 02/04/2012, North Devon Athenaeum (Website). SDV349513.

Site of the Literary and Scientific Institution established by William Frederick Rock and opened in 1845. It contained reading rooms, a library and the beginnings of a museum.

Hall, T. M., 1890, On Barum Tobacco-Pipes and North Devon Clays, 318-323 (Article in Serial). SDV88059.

Clay pipes with Barvm stamped on them found in 1864 in digging the foundations of the Lecture Room, behind the literary and Scientific Institution in High Street, Barnstaple, others were found near the castle in 1863.The spur has a circular stamp with BA at the top, and RVM beneath. The most primitive ones date back to the 16th century. The raw white clay is not local and may have been brought in specially.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV349513Website: North Devon Athenaeum. 02/04/2012. North Devon Athenaeum. http://www.northdevonathenaeum.org.uk. Website.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #61840 ]
SDV88059Article in Serial: Hall, T. M.. 1890. On Barum Tobacco-Pipes and North Devon Clays. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. Digital. 318-323.

Associated Monuments

MDV18353Related to: North Devon Athenaeum, Barnstaple (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 22 2018 1:17PM