In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lyneham like this:
LYNEHAM, or LINEHAM, a village and a parish in Cricklade district, Wilts. The village stands 1½ mile S of the Wilts and Berks canal and the Great Western railway, and 4 SW of Wootton-Bassett r. station; and has a post office under Chippenham. The parish contains also the village of Clack, and comprises 3,242 acres. Real property, £7,596. Pop., 1,034. Houses, 230. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to G. H. W. Heneage, Esq. Lyneham Court is a farm house. An Augustinian priory, called Bradenstoke abbey, was funded, about the middle of the 12th century, near Clack village; and has left considerable traces at the farmstead of Clack. ...
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £270. Patron, G. H. W. Heneage, Esq. The church is ancient, has been beautifully restored, and contains some monuments. The p. curacy of Clack is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Baptists and Primitive Methodists, a national school, an endowed school with £36 a year, and charities £53.
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 Lyneham 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 Lyneham and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lyneham in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th November 2014
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