In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Cricklade like this:
Cricklade, market town with ry. sta., in N. of Wilts on the Thames or Isis, 7 m. NW. of Swindon and 85 m. W. of London, pop. 1600; P.O., T.O.; 1 Bank Market-day, Saturday. C. is a place of great antiquity. It owed its importance in Saxon times to its position at the passage of the Thames. It sent representatives to Parliament as early as the reign of Edward I. The trade is wholly local, and consists chiefly of agricultural produce. An important market for fat cattle is held every month. Cricklade (which contained 44 pars, and 6 parts) returned 2 members to Parliament until 1885.
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 Cricklade has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Wiltshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Cricklade and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cricklade in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th November 2015
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