Where Is Wiltshire In England?


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Wiltshire formerly known as "Wiltonshire" or "Wiltscir" is an English County situated in the South-West part of England.

It covers a total area of 858,931 acres or 3,485 km2, and borders the countries of Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, and Berkshire.

The county of Wiltshire is roughly rectangular in shape and extends to about 54 miles from north to south and 34 miles from east to west. The administrative headquarters of the counyt is situated in Trowbridge, which is also the county town.

Most of the geography of Wiltshire consists of chalk hills, clay valleys and limstone rock; and it is a predominately rural county with a large concentration of dairy and sheep farms.

The biggest town in Wiltshire is Swindon - which is the main industrial centre of the county and was considered as the most prosperous town in UK by a recent government survey. A contributory factor to this may well be that Swindon is home to international corporations such as:

  • Honda
  • Intel
  • Motorola
  • Patheon
  • WHSmith
  • Nationwide
  • Dyson

Interestingly, the climate in Wiltshire is slightly different from the other parts of England as it is wetter and milder than average, with the annual mean temperature being approximately 10 degree Celsius. The county is famous for its prehistoric landmarks such as Salisbury Plain (markedly known for Stonehenge and cathedrals), Avebury Stone Circle - as well as for its pretty villages.

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