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A desk-based assessment, historic building recording and series of evaluation trenches formed the assessment carried out by South West Archaeology at Bear Street, Barnstaple in May 2009. The former orchard at the rear of the property provided evidence of primarily 19th and 20th century remains in the area affected by the proposed developments. There was, however, a large quantity of medieval (primarily early 16th century) pottery. The historic building primarily dated to the 19th century, with a few remaining traces of a late 16th/17th century building. The building retained its 19th century seed-sorting machinery through all of its three floors, which reflected the building's former use.