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Longford, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Longford, a hamlet in Britford parish, Wiltshire, on the river Avon, 2½ miles SE of Salisbury. Longford Castle is the seat of the Earl of Radnor; was built about 1591 by Sir Thomas Gorges, at a cost of about £18,000; had originally a triangular form, flanked at the angles by circular towers, and surrounded by a moat; was besieged and captured in 1645 by Cromwell; came into the possession of the Radnor family in 1717; was altered by Jacob, second Earl of Radnor, in the early part of the 19th century, -who intended to rebuild it in a hexagonal form, but left it unfinished; and was completed by the late Earl in 1877. It is flanked by five towers, and contains a remarkably rich picture gallery, noted particularly for paintings by Holbein and Claud Lorraine.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWiltshire 
Civil parishBritford 
HundredCawden and Cadworth 
Poor Law unionAlderbury 

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