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Marlborough, Wiltshire

Marlborough is a market town and civil parish in the English county of Wiltshire on the Old Bath Road, the old main road from London to Bath. It is reputed to have one of the widest high streets in Britain, second only to Stockton-on-Tees. The town is on the river Kennet.
Post townMarlborough
Administrative CountyWiltshire
Traditional CountyWiltshire
OS GridSU1869
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityWiltshire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01672
Population8,009 (2001 census)
 

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

Cunetio ~ Malbridge ~ Malbrough ~ Marlbridge ~ Marlbro ~ Marlbrough ~ Marleberg ~ Marleberge ~ Marleborow ~ Maulbery ~ Merleberge

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

Marlborough, mun. bor. and market town, on river Kennet, 11 miles S. of Swindon and 76 W. of London by rail, 186 ac., pop. 3343; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 news-paper. Market-day, Saturday. The town is coterminous with the 2 pars, of St Mary, and St Peter and St Paul. Marlborough is supposed to take its name - formerly Marlebridge or Marleberg - from the marl or chalk hills in the vicinity. It was a royal demesne at the time of Domesday survey. The principal trades are cordage and sack mfrs., brewing, malting, and tanning. Marlborough College (1845) is an extensive and successful public school, intended chiefly for the education of sons of the clergy; it occupies the site of the Castle, built in the time of Henry I., and a royal residence in the time of Henry III. Marlborough returned 2 members to Parliament from Edward I. until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.

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