South Molton Museum


We now have a folder donated by Brian K Barrow; the folder is full of information and is Titled “Soldiers of the Great War“. Brian K Barrow researched, wrote and compiled the information with help from volunteers. Help with funding by the Millennium Awards and supported by North Devon Museum of Barnstaple   It covers World War One memorials in over 70 Parishes and three Market Towns of North Devon.  South Molton Museum now holds the information relevant to South Molton and surrounding area and can be accessed by visitors to the museum

  New Work sheets are now available for children of all ages to complete when they visit the museum, the work sheets are designed to be informative and interesting written and designed by Education Officer Lalla Merlin


The exhibits encompass a concise history of South Molton and the surrounding area.  The displays use items and photographs to depict domestic activities, local trades, industries and farming.

Star items include:

  • The original Royal Charters for South Molton dated 1590 and 1684.
  • A massive eighteenth century wooden cider press with hand carved screw.
  • Two locally used fire engines; the older appliance is dated 1736 and was hand-drawn, while the second is from 1886 and was horse-drawn.
  • A water colour of the square as it was c.1820

There is also a unique pewter collection and a geology display relating to local mining operations.  Alongside the permanent displays there is a programme of temporary exhibitions.



History of the Museum:

The South Molton Museum was founded in 1951.  It was initially housed at No 1 East Street in premises provided by the Borough Council.  

The collections were built around a core of artifacts accumulated by Mr. W. Webber, the then town bailiff, and were moved to their current housing in 1966.  Since 1974 the Museum has been the responsibility of the North Devon District Council but continues to be managed by the South Molton Town Council.   

The South Molton Museum is housed on the ground floor of the Town Hall in the square next to the pannier market.

The Museum is open from Monday 18th March 2013 to Saturday 2nd November 2013.

Mon  & Tues  10.30-16.00

Thurs & Sat  10.30-13.00

South Molton Museum,  Town Hall, The Square, South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AB.

Telephone: 01769-572951   e-mail:

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