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Barnstaple is a town and civil parish in the county of Devon in England, UK, with an approximate population of 34,000. It lies 109km southwest of Bristol and 80km north of Plymouth.
It is the main town of the district and claims to be the oldest borough in the United Kingdom. It was founded at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw, about 3 miles (5 km) from the Taw's seafall at the Bristol Channel.
Barnstaple has an eclectic and somewhat haphazard mix of buildings developed over hundreds of years with the 19th century probably now predominant. There are some remnants of early buildings as well as several early plaster ceilings. St.Anne's Chapel in the central churchyard is probably the best of the ancient buildings to survive. Queen Anne's walk and the Georgian Guildhall remain.
The above information was obtained from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnstaple