In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Holt like this:
HOLT, a chapelry in Bradford-on-Avon parish, Wilts; on the river Avon, near the Kennet and Avon canal, and at the junction of the Devizes railway with the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth railway, and near the Bathampton branch of the Great Western railway, 2½ miles ENE of Bradford. It has a station at the railway junction, and a post office under Trowbridge; and it was constituted in 1846. ...
Real property, with Leigh and Woolley, £10, 767. Pop. of H. alone, 809. Houses, 191. The manor belongs to Burton Foster, Esq. The wool and leather trade, and the manufacture of fine woollen cloth, are carried on. A mineral spring, discovered in 1718, is noted for removing cutaneous diseases. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £120. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient, and has a tower. There are an Independent chapel and a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Holt in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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