54 Barnstaple High Street

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54 Barnstaple High Street.

30-31 Joy Street

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30-31 Joy Street. William Thomas’ Barnstaple Temperance Hotel –

81-83 Barnstaple High Street

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81-83 Barnstaple High Street.

36 Barnstaple High Street

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36 Barnstaple High Street, with about 100 years in between these images. Another unfortunate sign of the times – How high do rents & rates have to rise, and how many more out of town shopping areas have to be created, until the High Street consists of nothing other than characterless ropey old tat-mongers such as “Poundland”? Don’t think about it too hard, it’s actually quite depressing –

30 Barnstaple High Street

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30 Barnstaple High Street. Quite a sad, sign of the times really. The shop in the modern day photo being a prime example of the type of business that manages to flourish in today’s economy.

Briggs Shoemakers | Just Trio

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Briggs & Company Shoemakers – Just Trio. Southern end of Barnstaple High Street, Shapland and Petter shopfront.

Shapland and Petter were responsible for a number of shopfronts, here’s an advert from 1932.

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Fountain | Barnstaple Square

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The ornamental fountain on The Square.

72 Boutport Street

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72 Boutport Street.

Cross Street

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Top of Cross Street, looking into the High Street. For whatever reason old images of Cross Street seem to be pretty thin on the ground. This one however, is a great glimpse of what this spot was once like. Not hugely different, apart from having all the soul & character sucked out of it –

Albert Clock | The Square

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The Square, and the Albert Clock. Note in the old picture that it was taken before some prominent buildings were erected on The Square, including the building that now serves as the museum.