Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MARLBOROUGH DOWNS

MARLBOROUGH DOWNS, a large tract of hill countryinWilts; on both sides of the river IKennet, chiefly northward from Marlborough to the vicinity of Swindon, but also southward to the vale of Pewsey, and divided by that vale from Salisbury plain. Its length from N to S is about 15 miles; and its breadth is about 6 miles. It comprises much tablean and many hills, with interv ening vales and hollows; includes a large aggregate of unenclosed ground; abounds in relics of the ancient British, the Roman, and the Saxon times; and is notable for coursing. Its greatest heights are Martensell Hill and St. Ann's Hill, both in the S, and each about 1,000 feet in altitude; and they command a very extensive view, including Savernake forest and Salisbury plain. See WILTSHIRE.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a large tract of hill country"   (ADL Feature Type: "mountain ranges")
Administrative units: Wiltshire AncC

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