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Barnstaple is a former river-port, located at the lowest crossing-point of the River Taw, as it flows into the Bristol Channel about seven miles inland from Barnstaple Bay (or Bideford Bay). On the north side of the town, the Rivers Taw and Yeo (which rises on Berry Down, near Combe Martin) join. To the north and east of the town are the lower foothills of Exmoor, cut by fast flowing streams racing down 'V'-shaped valleys. To the south, the great River Taw (tidal for its last four miles to Barnstaple) meanders through the salt marshes between the villages of Tawstock and Bishops Tawton. The historic centre of Barnstaple wouldn’t be allowed to be built today as it’s located on a flood plain, add to that exposure to high tides and stormy Atlantic depressions and the area is very susceptible to flooding, high winds and heavy rains. This excessive dampness can enter the fabric of a property leading to possible structural damage and timber decay from penetrating or rising damp.
Properties from any era and of any size can become susceptible to problems such as woodworm which may go unnoticed for several years until the adult beetles begin to emerge from the timber. Barnstaple has a diverse mix of architectural styles, with 19th century Victorian properties now most predominant. There are remnants of early medieval merchant buildings in the centre of the market town. Queen Anne's Walk erected around 1708, a mercantile exchange along with the Georgian Guildhall and the Pannier Market beneath are scattered among more modern architecture.
I enjoy working for Rentokil Property Care as a Surveyor, using my Building Surveyor's degree gained from Greenwich University. The major cities and towns I cover are Exeter, Barnstaple, Taunton, Wellington offering solutions to timber and damp problems in buildings
I have worked for Rentokil Property Care for 21 years as a building surveyor. I have covered Devon and Cornwall for the last 14 years and am familiar with all types of local building construction.