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Bradshaw’s Guide

Reading to Hungerford and Devizes

Hungerford Branch

Theale, a telegraph station.


Aldermaston Park, D. H. D. Burr, Esq., situated 1½ from here.

On passing Thatcham, we arrive at


This town is situated in a fertile plain in the county of Berks, watered by the Kennet, which crosses the town near the centre.

The station of Kintbury is soon reached, and we pass on to


The Kennet flows past this town, which opens a communication with the river Thames on the east, and the Avon and Bristol Channel on the west.

The Berks and Hants, a railway 24¼ miles long, begins here and runs through a nearly level country. Although the title would seem to imply, it forms no connection between the two counties named, taking as it does a westerly direction from the borders of Berks through the very heart of the county of Wilts.

Bedwyn station.

Savernake. – At this station a short branch turns off to the right to the town of


Prettily situated on the Wiltshire Downs by the side of the river Kennet, where a Collegiate School is planted.

Pewsey, a small village on the Avon, at which petty sessions are held.

Woodborough station.


Is an ancient borough, in the centre of Wiltshire, with a population of 6,638. Its staple trade is woollen.

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