Talk:Wiltshire

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Hungerford[edit]

Why is Hungerford listed as a town in Wiltshire...? I'm certain it's in Berkshire. Muntfish 13:18, 2004 Aug 26 (UTC)

Hungerford is not in Wiltshire. The Association of British Counties lists Hungerford as being in Berkshire. However, I do remember reading somewhere that there quite a few places in Berkshire that were technically in Wiltshire because they were part of a feudal manor based in Wiltshire. I think an act of parliament in the nineteenth century cleared that up. Perhaps, it is better not to list Hungerford as being in Wiltshire. Gareth Hughes 12:56, 24 Nov 2004 (UTC)
You are correct about the parts of Wiltshire in the Berkshire. There is a bit about it on this page: Counties_(Detached_Parts)_Act_1844#Wiltshire. Some of that should probably be on here I think.--MarkyParky 23:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

Jun Kazama[edit]

I have a question that concerns the Jun Kazama article: [1], saying that her fights in Tekken 2 take place here. If someone has a copy of the PSX version of the game and makes Jun the opponent in Practice mode, can you tell if this is Wiltshire? Thanx, --D.F. "Jun Kazama Master" Williams 14:28, 12 November 2006 (UTC)

Link[edit]

Perhaps the following link can be a useful source of information: [2] Shinobu 11:33, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

Parts of Wiltshire to the south and east of Reading[edit]

The first series Ordnance Survey maps 7, 8 and 12 (dating from between 1817 and 1822) show three areas to the south and east of Reading as being Part of Wilts. One of these is centred around Spencers Wood, another around Farley Hill, and the last and largest stretches from just north of Wokingham north to Twyford. All of these must be 30 miles from the nearest part of what is now Wiltshire, and are now part of Berkshire (in so far as that county still exists). I suspect this article probably ought to cover this strange anomaly; both how it came to be, and when these places ceased to be in Wiltshire. Anybody know the answers. -- Chris j wood 12:38, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

They were part of Amesbury Hundred. I've tried to find an ecclesiastical connection with Amesbury Priory, without success. Not much help—sorry. --Old Moonraker 12:43, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
Just seen a link to what might be the answer in prior discussion; I'll follow up. -- Chris j wood 12:46, 28 August 2007 (UTC)
Here's a start: A few mentions of Amesbury Priory liberties in Berkshire from the Victoria County History. --Old Moonraker 13:00, 28 August 2007 (UTC)

Least Ethnically-Diverse County in England[edit]

I had a "fact" quoted at me the other day that according to census info Wiltshire is the whitest county in England, or something like this. I was wondering if anyone could verify this, and if they can then I think it should be mentioned under Demographics. Static Sleepstorm (talk) 19:27, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

The Estimated resident population by ethnic group and sex, mid-2005, (experimental statistics) released by the ONS says otherwise. Wiltshire has a White British percentage of 94.41% and a total white percentage (including White Irish and White Other) of about 97.09%. I will attempt to create a wiki table.
Council % W/Brit % White ALL
Northumberland 96.87 98.16
Halton UA 96.81 98.24
Hartlepool UA 96.81 97.91
Durham 96.71 97.99
Cumbria 96.65 98.39
Herefordshire, County of UA 96.28 98.14
Redcar and Cleveland UA 96.13 97.42
North East Lincolnshire UA 95.91 97.36
East Riding of Yorkshire UA 95.87 97.48
Shropshire 95.66 97.53
Derbyshire 95.64 97.35
Darlington UA 95.45 97.06
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 95.17 97.68
Lincolnshire 95.08 97.22
Somerset 95.08 97.42
Torbay UA 94.96 97.29
Warrington UA 94.83 96.95
Devon 94.76 97.38
North Yorkshire 94.72 97.39
North Lincolnshire UA 94.69 96.52
Blackpool UA 94.69 96.86
Isle of Wight UA 94.63 97.03
North Somerset UA 94.61 97.13
Cheshire 94.59 97.17
Dorset 94.59 97.18
Stockton-on-Tees UA 94.51 95.84
Staffordshire 94.48 96.2
Wiltshire 94.41 97.09
Plymouth UA 94.23 96.5
Poole UA 94 96.71
Norfolk 93.9 96.92
Rutland UA 93.87 96.8
Merseyside (Met County) 93.8 95.95
Worcestershire 93.77 96.11
Nottinghamshire 93.65 95.84
South Gloucestershire UA 93.44 95.89
Hampshire 93.42 96.35
Tyne and Wear (Met County) 93.14 95.05
Gloucestershire 92.88 95.83
Kingston upon Hull, City of UA 92.62 94.94
East Sussex 91.91 95.57
Telford and Wrekin UA 91.77 93.75
York UA 91.67 95.52
Stoke-on-Trent UA 91.64 93.23
West Berkshire UA 91.64 95.51
South Yorkshire (Met County) 91.5 93.33
Essex 91.41 94.72
Lancashire 91.25 93.37
Kent 91.13 94.67
West Sussex 91.12 94.82
Suffolk 90.82 95.3
Bath and North East Somerset UA 90.79 94.97
Warwickshire 90.79 94.01
Leicestershire 90.52 92.85
Southend-on-Sea UA 90.4 93.66
Middlesbrough UA 90.25 92.06
Medway UA 90.23 92.97
Bournemouth UA 90.19 94.78
Northamptonshire 89.67 93.31
Swindon UA 89.05 93.44
Thurrock UA 88.88 91.8
Portsmouth UA 87.74 91.85
Cambridgeshire 87.55 93.48
Oxfordshire 86.77 92.78
Bracknell Forest UA 86.71 92.28
Wokingham UA 86.71 91.71
Surrey 86.11 92.62
Bedfordshire 86.09 91.02
Greater Manchester (Met County) 85.52 88.91
Hertfordshire 85.45 91
Brighton and Hove UA 85.38 91.91
Buckinghamshire 85.07 90.26
ENGLAND 84.72 89.11
Southampton UA 84.48 89.33
Bristol, City of UA 84.32 89.32
West Yorkshire (Met County) 83.88 86.48
Milton Keynes UA 83.69 88.03
Peterborough UA 83.25 87.73
Derby UA 82.48 85.79
Windsor and Maidenhead UA 81.46 90.15
Reading UA 78.22 84.92
Nottingham UA 77.26 82.17
Blackburn with Darwen UA 75.28 77.27
West Midlands (Met County) 74.06 77.65
Outer London 62.58 71.82
Luton UA 61.27 67.97
Leicester UA 58.99 62.56
Slough UA 56.77 62.24
Inner London 51.6 66.25
Don't quote me on those figures though as I only did a few quick calculations and they are based on population estimates anyway. There won't be another Census until 2011. --Mercifull (Talk/Contribs) 10:42, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Climate WP:COPYVIO[edit]

Most of this paragraph is a WP:COPYVIO from here. Although there is an acknowledgement after the last sentence, I don't believe it justifies the word-for-word copying. Other views requested. --Old Moonraker (talk) 11:37, 10 October 2008 (UTC)

Announcement: The 2009 Structural Changes in Local Government in England: A Taskforce[edit]

  1. On 1 April, 2009, a number of changes will occur that will affect a number of counties and districts in England, including some which fall within the remit of your project and/or county.
  2. The changes will necessitate a large number of changes to various articles on wikipedia.
  3. New articles may have to be written, old ones may have to be changed because they will then describe abolished former districts, etc, and numerous changes will have to be made to templates, category names, and articles about individual settlements to update information about local government.
  4. Because of this the Uk Geography Project has set up a specific taskforce to identify the changes to be made and then to coordinate the work of preparing for the changes and then implementing them when the changes occur on 1 April.
  5. The name of the taskforce is Wikipedia:WikiProject UK geography/2009 local government structural changes task force or WP:2009ENGLAND.
  6. You are invited to join this taskforce to help us all improve wikipedia in these areas by making sure the information is kept updated, and accurate.

Many thanks.  DDStretch  (talk) 22:00, 15 January 2009 (UTC) (on behalf of the taskforce)

  • OK, I signed up. Anyone else think we should have a project for Wiltshire? Not sure I want to run it because I'm looking at a project for listed buildings too, but I'd join in.Major_Clanger (talk) 22:45, 15 January 2009 (UTC) Or for Wessex?Major_Clanger (talk) 14:39, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
I think this announcement is a bit of an over-reaction. Wikipedia's coverage of nearly all UK local government is poor, and before about 1980 almost non-existent. The new unitary authorities in England will call for quite minor changes to existing articles. On a Wiltshire WikiProject, I see little harm in it, but I'm not sure that such county projects do much good. All the real effort still has to be put in by individuals. Dzw49 (talk) 20:23, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
This thread has spurred me to begin Wiltshire County Council. Dzw49 (talk) 23:22, 30 January 2009 (UTC)

Durrington's Town Status[edit]

I propose that Durrington be added to the list of towns in Wiltshire due to the fact that in April 2008 the Parish Council voted to unilaterally award itself town status. [3] Jordi22 (talk) 21:50, 4 August 2009 (UTC)

Tourism[edit]

What about a line like this under the heading economy, or a new section of tourism:

Wiltshire is a popular tourist attraction for its crop circles and prehistoric sites.[1]

- Steve3849 16:06, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Transport: Airports[edit]

The three "airports" listed are "airfields". --Old Moonraker (talk) 12:37, 13 July 2010 (UTC)

Fixed Good call. --Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 11:27, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Abbreviation[edit]

The phrase "also abbreviated Wilts" doesn't ring true to me.

The Oxford English Dictionary 2nd edition simply says "also Wilts" (under the Wiltshire head word.)

I think it would be better to replace "also abbreviated Wilts" with "or County of Wilts"

Is my proposal more accurate?

--Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 14:13, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

checkY Done In the absence of any response. --Hroðulf (or Hrothulf) (Talk) 11:23, 30 September 2010 (UTC)

Queen Saxburga[edit]

There is a red link in the article to Queen Saxburga which I can't find. Should this be Seaxburh of Wessex? Looking at the List of monarchs of Wessex it seems the most likely candidate.— Rod talk 16:39, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

Rich Benke[edit]

?International snowboarder who 'hails' from Chippenham, how notable is he? Google brings zero hits. Richard Avery (talk) 11:49, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

Doubtful even for the Chippenham article—should go. --Old Moonraker (talk) 12:42, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

English heritage in "Places of interest"[edit]

There is no english heritage icons in "Places of interest" section's list. While the icon for it is in the "Key" table on the right, no place is marked with it. Without even checking which actually belong to these, I'd say at least Stonehenge and Avebury are among those. 85.217.46.149 (talk) 00:39, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Wilshire or Wiltshire[edit]

Could someone with more skill than me please fix the disambiguation link - or explain why it say "Wilshire". Richard Avery (talk) 08:55, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

I think the problem arises because some people use a pronounciation of the name which de-emphasizes the "t" so much that it effectively disappears. Thus, they may confuse Wiltshire with Wilshire. However, I tend to agree that the disambiguation link is itself confusing. I couldn't find any template that was clearer, so I adopted a "kludge" solution that could be clearer. If people object to this, I am happy for them to revert me here.  DDStretch  (talk) 10:35, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

The West Country Challenge[edit]

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