Atherstone

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"ATHERSTONE, a market town and formerly a chapelry in the parish of Mancetter, but now a district parish in the Atherstone division of the hundred of Hemlingford, in the county of Warwick, 23 miles to the N. of Warwick, and 102 miles from London by the Trent Valley branch of the London and North Western railway, on which it is a station. It is situated in a pleasant and highly cultivated country, near the western bank of the river Anker, close to the borders of Leicestershire. The Roman road, Watling Street, passes through this place, and a little to the west is the Coventry and Fazeley canal."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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