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There was a new initiative to prevent the spread of infectious diseases from dirty conditions following the Diseases Prevention Act of 1855; the li

During World War I, military units were based throughout Salisbury Plain for training before deployment to the front.

This building at the top of Sarum Hill, Basingstoke, was erected in July 1883 by Colonel John May of May’s Brewery as a Drill Hall for K Company, 1

Founded in 1841, the aims of the Institute were to instruct members in science and useful knowledge by the means of lectures, conversation and read

In 1762 the parish agreed, on the encouragement of the clergy, to provide a fire engine paid for out of the church rate with Ansford contributing.[

The George Inn, first recorded in 1541, had become the stopping place for the Rocket stagecoach before 1800, and was described in 1787 as a stone a

Henley grew up on the back of the Thames river trade with London, and from the Middle Ages the waterfront has been a vital part of the town.

Henley's present town hall, completed in 1901, has had at least three predecessors, only one of which occupied the same site.

Henley from the Wargrave Road (detail) by Jan Siberechts: from an original painting in the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames

The buildings along Burford's main streets reflect the town's varied social character, which included gentry and professionals as well as shopkeepe