In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Axminster like this:
Axminster, par. and market town, in the above hundred (part of the par. being in Dorset), on river Axe, 25 miles NE. of Exeter and 144 miles SW. of London by rail, 7058 ac., Pop. 2872; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. It was once famous for its mfrs. of carpets. Buckland, the geologist, was born here in 1784.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Axminster has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Devon. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Axminster and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Axminster in East Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th April 2014
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