Barnstaple - Typical Sleepy English Town by Simon Groves

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Oil on Canvas – 3.5 feet long (approx – Just over 1 Metre long)

BARNSTAPLE – A Sea Estuary Town

Barnstaple (pronounced Barnst’ble) is a town and civil parish in the local government district of North Devon in the county of Devon in England. It lies 68 miles (109 km) west southwest of Bristol, 50 miles (80 km) north of Plymouth and 34 miles (55 km) northwest of the county town of Exeter…..and lies 213 miles (south-west ) from London

It is the main town of the district and claims to be the oldest town/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. 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 within the staple, a staple port 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.

It was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Reform Act 1835. Since 1974, it has been a civil parish with a town council.1 It has a population of well over 25,000 people.

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  • Ben Lucas
    Ben Lucasalmost 5 years ago

    nice light and autumn colours, you have caught it perfectly.

  • Mimmie Hunter
    Mimmie Hunteralmost 5 years ago

    This is “Gorgeous”, i love clouds

  • Thank you Mimmie, one day I will be brave enough to do a picture of just clouds and sky….soon maybe!

    – Simon Groves

  • Johnheartsphoto
    Johnheartsphotoalmost 5 years ago

    You have captured it well.

  • Thank you very much!

    – Simon Groves

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 4 years ago

    Hi Simon, beautiful little sleepy town…very very pretty
    sherri :):)

  • Thank you Sherri! It’s nice to hear from you! :)

    – Simon Groves

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 4 years ago

    Incredible colours and fantastic light effects Simon. Thank you also for the fascinating history lesson.

  • Wikipedia is a beautiful thing! Thank you very much Lynda, it is sad, I remember the hard work it needed for me to conquer blind spot I had in painting this….I think I did conquer those…. but its the home town I love and the view of it I always adore…..thumps hand onto heart. :o)

    – Simon Groves

  • Christine Smith
    Christine Smithover 4 years ago

    Great colours and light Simon. A lovely painting!!

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...over 4 years ago

    Amazing work Simon, the detail in this work is incredible!

  • Thank you Davina, it was a great piece to practice patienece on! I am sincerely glad you like this! I found buildings hard to paint and so had to work hard for this one.

    – Simon Groves

    WOBBLYMOLover 4 years ago

    beautiful oil painting Simon, love the details in it.

  • Hello Loraine, nice to read your message! Thank you! it was a complicated work for me…painted slow and carefully.

    – Simon Groves

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 4 years ago


  • Hello Charmiene! thank you for such a lovely comment!

    – Simon Groves

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