Devizes, Wiltshire

Kearsley's Traveller's Entertaining Guide Through Great Britain (1801):

Devizes is a large and poplulous borough, seated on an eminence. It has a manufacture of serges, and other woollen stuffs. It is supposed, from urns and other antiquities dug in the neeighbourhood, to have been once inhabited by the Romans; and a number of little brass stuatues of the heathen deities were found under a Roman brick here, in 1714, which were carreied abou the kingdom for a shew. Here was once a noble castle. It has a woollen manufactory, and trades much in malt, corn, and all sorts of cattle. Here is a great scarcity of water.

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 Chapter 3 
“Bath is a charming place, sir; there are so many good shops here. We are sadly off in the country; not but what we have very good shops in Salisbury, but it is so far to go — eight miles is a long way; Mr. Allen says it is nine, measured nine; but I am sure it cannot be more than eight; and it is such a fag — I come back tired to death. Now, here one can step out of doors and get a thing in five minutes.”
 Chapter 15 
“Morland says that by sending it tonight to Salisbury, we may have it tomorrow. ”
 Chapter 28 
“The general will send a servant with me, I dare say, half the way — and then I shall soon be at Salisbury, and then I am only nine miles from home.”
 Chapter 29 
With these feelings, she rather dreaded than sought for the first view of that well–known spire which would announce her within twenty miles of home. Salisbury she had known to be her point on leaving Northanger; but after the first stage she had been indebted to the post–masters for the names of the places which were then to conduct her to it; so great had been her ignorance of her route. She met with nothing, however, to distress or frighten her. Her youth, civil manners, and liberal pay procured her all the attention that a traveller like herself could require; and stopping only to change horses, she travelled on for about eleven hours without accident or alarm, and between six and seven o’clock in the evening found herself entering Fullerton.

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