In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wootton Rivers like this:
WOOTTON-RIVERS, a parish in Pewsey district, Wilts; on the Kennet and Avon canal and on the Mid-Wilts railway, 3 miles ENE of Pewsey r. station. It has a post-office under Marlborough. Acres, 1,179. Real property, £2,021. Pop., 444. Houses, 93. There are an iron foundry and an agricultural implement factory. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £379.* Patrons, St. John's College, Cambridge, and Brasenose College, Oxford. The church is good; and there are a national school, and charities £15.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wootton Rivers, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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