Town of Barnstaple, Devon
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Barnstaple is a town in the county of Devon in the south west of England.
Barnstaple is the main town in the local government district of North Devon and claims to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom.
Barnstaple was founded at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, about 5 km (3 miles) from the Taw's seafall at the Bristol Channel.
By the time of the Domesday Book, Barnstaple had its own mint. Its size and wealth in the Middle Ages was based on it being 'wool staple', a town licensed to export wool, and its importance is still obvious in the town's name. The wool trade was further aided by the town's excellent port, with five ships being sent in 1588 to aid the fight against the Spanish Armada.
Official Town of Barnstaple, Devon website: www.northdevon.gov.uk