Barnstaple Church and School, 1821
Medium: Pencil on paper
Barnstaple grew from a small settlement in the ninth century to become firstly an important market town. In the 16th century the world suddenly became larger. The hugely enterprising trade in new commodities from the Americas created the opprtunity for towns on England's southern coast to rapidly expand. Barnstaple soon became an important and wealthy port. Emigrants also set sail from here to find new lives for themselves and their families in the New World.