It is a reasonable conjecture that officials, and even the 'jury', were richly entertained and given suitable gifts. However, those up in London were not to be outsmarted and Edward noted that the men of Barnstaple had been
"artfully and craftily busying themselves about those things which by the inquisition before named was found to be our damage and prejudice"! A third enquiry was held at Torrington, and there it was found that the King (and others!) would lose out by confirming the status! This, however, does not appear to have made one iota of difference to our men of Barnstaple, and the message seems to have gone out that "business is as usual" - self-appointment of mayors included! A snook was cocked!
Barnstaple - Town on the Taw, Lois Lamplugh, Phillimore, 1983.
Barnstaple Records, Chanter & Wainwright, 1899.
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