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Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Marlborough Downs, a large tract of hill country in Wiltshire, on both sides of the river Kennet, chiefly northward from Marlborough to the vicinity of Swindon, but also southward to the Vale of Pewsey, and divided by that vale from Salisbury Plain. Its length from N to S is about 15 miles, and its breadth is about 6 miles. It comprises much tableau and many hills, with intervening vales and hollows, includes a large aggregate of unenclosed ground; abounds in relics of the ancient British, the Roman, and the Saxon timeSy and is notable for coursing. Its greatest heights are Martensell Hill and St Anne's Hill, both in the S, and each about 1000 feet in altitude; and they command a very extensive view, including Savernake Forest and Salisbury Plain.

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


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