In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Liddington like this:
LIDDINGTON, a parish in Highworth district, Wilts. The village stands 4 miles SE by S of Swindon, and 5 SE of Swindon r. station; and is small. The parish contains also the hamlets of Liddington-Wick, LiddingtonWarren, Coate, and Medbourn. Post town, Swindon. Acres, 2,767. Real property, £4,362. Pop., 440. Houses, 93. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Duke of Marlborough. Remains of the old manor-house, of Tudor date, surrounded by a moat, are in a dell. Liddington Castle, or Badbury, is an ancient British camp, large and circular; and was the scene of a decisive defeat of the Saxous under Cerdic, by King Arthur. ...
The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £325. * Patron, the Duke of Marlborough. The church is ancient; was restored in 1850; has a roof of timber frame-work, and a tower; and contains a very ancient font, and monuments of two church dignitaries, supposed to be abbesses of Shaftesbury. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Liddington, in Swindon and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 16th April 2014
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