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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Axminster in East Devon | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th April 2017
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