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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

Hampshire : 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

Wiltshire : 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.

Dorsetshire : 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.

Somerset : 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.

Colyton station.

Feniton, Whimple, and Broad Clyst stations.

Devonshire : 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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