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Melksham, Wiltshire

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Melksham, Wiltshire

Melksham is a medium-sized English town, lying on the River Avon. It lies in the county of Wiltshire. It is situated 19 km southeast of the city of Bath, 11 km south of Chippenham, 8 miles west of Devizes and 14 miles north of Warminster on the A350 national route. The 2001 UK census cited Melksham as having 20,000 inhabitants, including sizeable environs such as Bowerhill and Berryfield.
Post townMelksham
Administrative CountyWiltshire
Traditional CountyWiltshire
OS GridST9064
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01225
Population21,000 (2001 Census)
 

Other names by which Melksham, Wiltshire has been known in the past

Melchesham

Melksham, Wiltshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Melksham.-- market town, par., and township, Wilts, on river Avon, 6¼ miles S. of Chippenham and 96 miles W. of London by rail - par., 12,572 ac., pop. 5331; township, pop. 4412; town, 413 ac., pop. 2178; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Tuesday. In Saxon times this place had some importance, and at the Domesday survey it was held as a royal demesne. The Wilts and Berks Canal passes E. of the town. Saline and chalybeate springs are in the vicinity, but although much has been done to give it attraction the town has never gained special note as a watering-place. Woollen goods, cordage, cocoa fibre, and haircloths form its mfrs.; malting also is carried on to some extent.

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