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Bradshaw’s Guide

Chippenham to Frome, Yeovil, Dorchester, and Weymouth

Wilts, Somerset and Weymouth Railway

Wiltshire : Trowbridge

This town is the largest in the county, with the exception of Salisbury. It has a population of 9,626, and is situated on the river Ware.

A short branch here turns of at

This line continues its course, via Freshford, Limpley Stoke, and Bathampton to

Somerset : Bath

Not only renowned for its antiquity and waters, but Bath is one of the best built cities in the United Kingdom.

a distance of 12½ miles from Trowbridge.

From Trowbridge we continue by the Valley of the Avon, with the grounds of Rowed Ashton and Heywood House on the left, and arrive at

Wiltshire : Westbury

This is an ancient borough, with a malting and broad cloth trade. Bryan Edwards, the historian, was a native.

We now bear to the left, leaving the Weymouth line, on the

Westbury to Dorchester and Weymouth

Crossing the borders of the county from Westbury we soon arrive at

Somerset : Frome

Is agreeably situated on the north-east declivity of several hills contiguous to Selwood Forest. It has considerable manufactures of woollen cloth, and an excellent grammar school, founded by Edward VI.

Witham Junction, near which is Witham Park.

Bruton, situated on the banks of the Brue; has a fine old English perpendicular church, an endowed hospital founded by Saxey, auditor to Queen Elizabeth, and a free grammar school by Edward VI.

Passing Marston station, we cross the river Yeo and stop at the station at

Somerset : Yeovil

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

From Yeovil a branch line to the right, of nearly 20 miles in length, joins the Bristol and Exeter line. We proceed southward, and passing the ancient village of Bradford Abbas and the stations of Yetminster and Evershot (near which are Woolcombe House and Melbury House at Redlynch, the seat of the Earl of Ilchester, from the grounds of which a view may be had of an immeasurable tract of country), we arrive at Maiden Newton, from which a branch to the right takes us to Bridport.

Leaving Maiden Newton and passing along the Valley of the Frome, by the station of Grimstone, we arrive at

Dorsetshire : Dorchester

A small parliamentary borough, and the capital of Dorsetshire, in a pretty part of the South Downs, at the termination of the South Western railway, 141 miles from London.

Dorsetshire : Weymouth

Nothing can be more striking and picturesque than the situation of this delightful watering-place.

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