A History of the County of Wiltshire

July 2011
51 black and white, 21 line illustrations
332 pages
30.5x20.8 cm
Victoria County History
ISBN: 9781904356189
Format: Hardback
Victoria County History

A History of the County of Wiltshire

XVIII: Cricklade and Environs

Edited by V.R. Bainbridge

Authoritative account of Cricklade and neighbouring towns, in an area immediately west of Swindon.
Cricklade, the Anglo-Saxon borough fortified by Alfred against the Danes, is the market town at the heart of this volume. As a notorious rotten borough, its corruption influenced the passing of the 1832 Parliamentary Reform Act. The town and the surrounding parishes described here are bordered by Gloucestershire to the north and Swindon to the East. They extend along the upper Thames valley and over the Wiltshire claylands to the limestone ridge in the south. The royal forest of Braydon covered much of the area in the middle ages and provided extensive grazing for livestock. Although disafforestation took place under Charles I, agricultural exploitation was limited by poor soils and parts were later returned to woodland or nature reserve. The settlements of traditional limestone buildings were remote until canal and rail transport increased trade in dairy products and the expansion of employment opportunities in Swindon resulted in their residential development, and an annexation of a small part of the area by the growing town.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cricklade and Environs - John H. Chandler
Introduction: The Hundredal Structure -
Cricklade Borough - Douglas Crowley
Outer Cricklade - Douglas Crowley
Ashton Keynes - Douglas Crowley and Carrie Smith
Eisey - Douglas Crowley and Carrie Smith
Latton - Douglas Crowley and Carrie Smith
Leigh - James Lee and Carrie Smith
Lydiard Millicent - Douglas Crowley and Carrie Smith
Marston Meysey -
Minety - James Lee
Purton -
Braydon -


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The volume will be a mine of information for the local and national researcher. LANDSCAPE HISTORY

[T]he volume is a welcome addition to the series and researchers will find plenty of information here on the area in the title. THE RECORDER

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