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Bradshaw’s Guide

Basingstoke to Salisbury, Yeovil, and Exeter

West of England Main Line

After leaving Basingstoke the line proceeds through a chalky range, from which various parks may be seen extending on every side – blended with scattered villages Passing the stations of Oakley, Overton, and Whitchurch, we arrive at the important station of

Andover

A bustling agricultural town and borough in West Hants, with a population of 5,221, represented by two members in the House of Commons.

A deviation of the Andover and Redbridge, a line 22½ miles long, takes place here. It passes the stations of Clatford, Fullerton Bridge, Stockbridge, Horsebridge, Mottisfont, and Romsey to Redbridge, a station between Southampton and Dorchester.

Grateley and Porton stations are next passed, and in a few minutes the train arrives at

Salisbury

Salisbury is a parliamentary borough and a bishop’s see, in Wiltshire, 96 miles from London, on the rich green pastures of the Avon.

Wilton Station.

Dinton.–Dinton House, seat of W. Wyndham, Esq., is on the river Nadder, and was the birth-place of the great Lord Clarendon, 1608. Wickhall Camp, an ancient encampment, is near.

The next stations in succession are Tisbury, Semley, Gillingham, Templecombe Junction, and Milbourne Port.

Sherborne

This town has a population of 5,523, and is prettily situated on the slope of a hill in the vale of Blackmore. It was once the seat of a bishopric, but was removed to Old Sarum in 1075.

Yeovil

An ancient town, the seat of a considerable glove trade.

Sutton Bingham, Crewkerne, and Chard Road stations, at the last of which a branch of the railway diverges to the right, three miles long, to the town of

Chard, a well-built market town, trading in silks and broad cloths.

Axminster

Situated on the river Axe. Some of the best and finest description of carpets are made here.

Colyton station.

Honiton

Returns two members to parliament, and produces lace of a very costly description.

Feniton, Whimple, and Broad Clyst stations.

Exeter

Exeter is pleasantly situated on an eminence rising from the eastern bank of the river Exe, which encompasses its south-west side, and over which it has a handsome stone bridge.

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