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BARNSTAPLE (borough council)

Incorporated into: 1974 North Devon

Arms (crest) of Barnstaple

Official blazon

Arms : Gules a Castle of three towers conjoined Argent the centre tower larger than the others.


The arms have not been granted, but were recorded at the Visitation of 1620.

Barnstaple Castle was built by Jehull of Totnes in the reign of William the Conqueror. The town is said to have been fortified by earthworks as early as the time of Athelstan.

The arms are continued by the Town Council.

Coat of arms (crest) of Barnstaple

The arms as used on a postcard (1911)
Coat of arms (crest) of Barnstaple

The arms as used on a JaJa postcard +/- 1905
Arms (crest) of Barnstaple

The arms in the Coffee Hag albums +/- 1935


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