In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Basingstoke like this:
Basingstoke .-- mun. bor. and market town, N. Hants, 14½ miles SW. of Reading, 27 miles NE. of Southampton, and 48 miles SW. of London by rail, 4172 ac., pop. 6681; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. It is connected with London by two canals; good trade in corn, malt, and timber.
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 Basingstoke has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Basingstoke and Deane. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Basingstoke and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Basingstoke, in Basingstoke and Deane and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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