In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marden like this:
MARDEN, or MERTON, a village and a parish in Devizes district, Wilts. The village stands on the river Avon, 2 miles SW of Woodborough r. station, and 6 ESE of Devizes; and has a post office, of the name of Marden, under Devizes. The parish comprises 1,278 acres. Real property, £2,291. Pop., 235. Houses, 49. The manor belongs to S. R. Neate, Esq. Two remarkable tumuli formerly were in the neighbourhood, 240 feet in circuit, and 40 feet high; and are supposed, by some writers, to mark the scene of Ethcldred's defeat by the Danes in 871; but whether they were sepulchral barrows or the earthwork of an ancient British temple, is an open question. ...
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £1 70.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol. The church is ancient; has two Norman arches and an embattled tower; and is finely ornate, both without and within. There is a national School.
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 Marden has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Kennet. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Marden and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marden, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 01st September 2014
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