In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Westbury like this:
Westbury.-- market town, par., and hundred, Wilts, 4½ miles S. of Trowbridge, 6½ miles NE. of Frome, and 25 NW. of Salisbury by rail, 12,027 ac., pop. 6014; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Tuesday. Agriculture forms the main industry, but there are also mfrs. of fine woollen cloths, ironworks, and a considerable trade in malt. Westbury is a place of great antiquity, with British and Roman remains. It is said to have been chartered by Edward I.; it returned 2 members to Parliament from the time of Henry VI. until 1832, and 1 member from 1832 until 1885.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Westbury in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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