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    Place name County Entry Source
    BERKS, or Berkshire Berkshire Berkshire, an inland county, within the basin of the Thames. It is bounded, on the N, by Gloucester, Oxford and Bucks; on the E, by Surrey; on the S, by Herts; and on the W, by Wilts. Its outline is irregular; and has been compared by some to that of a lute, by others to that of a slipper or a sandal. Its boundary, in a tortuous line, along the N, from its most westerly extremity to its most easterly one, is the Thames. Its greatest length is 48 miles; its greatest breadth, 29 miles; its mean breadth, about Imperial
    DOWN Down west, forms an extended indentation on the coast, commencing at St. John's Point, south of Killough, and terminating at Cranfield Point, the southern extremity of the county, where the coast takes a northwestern direction by Greencastle, Rosstrevor, and Warrenpoint, to Newry, forming the northern side of the romantic and much frequented bay of Carlingford. The extent and varied surface of the county necessarily occasion a great diversity of soil: indeed there exists every gradation from a light sandy loam to a strong clay; but the predominant soil is a loam, not of great depth but good in quality, though Lewis:Ireland
    FARINGDON Berkshire West Saxon kings, and the death-place of Edward the Elder. An ancient castle stood at it, and was razed by Stephen. A Cistertian priory, subordinate to Beaulieu abbey, was founded on the site of the castle, in 1202, by King John; gave entertainment, for a night, to Henry III. and his queen; was given, at the dissolution, to the Seymours and the Englefields; and has entirely disappeared. Faringdon House, near the church, was built by Henry James Pye, the poet laureate; and is now the seat of D. Bennett, Esq. An ancient mansion, on the same site, belonged Imperial
    Fife or Fifeshire Fife West Fife there is conclusive evidence that volcanoes must have been active even during the deposition of the coal-bearing series of the Carboniferous Limestone. That eminence marks the site of a vent from which tuff was ejected which was regularly interbedded with the adjacent strata. Seams of coal and ironstone are actually worked underneath the tuff on the S side of Saline Hill, and not far to the E a bed of gas coal is mined on the slope of the Knock Hill which forms another ` neck ' belonging to that period. In East Fife, as the researches of Professor Groome
    GLOUCESTERSHIRE, or Gloucester Gloucestershire west of the Severn; an upper carboniferous formation, consisting of the coal measures, constitutes two considerable tracts, the one between Wickwar and Bristol, the other in the Forest of Dean; a lower carboniferous formation, comprising limestone and shale, constitutes tracts in the neighbourhood of Thornbury, in the neighbourhood of Bristol, and around the coal measures of the forest; an old red sandstone formation constitutes the rest of the forest; and a tract. of alluvium extends along the Severn coast-line, from the neighbourhood of Northwick to the Avon. Building stone and limestone abound, and are extensively worked. Coal is mined Imperial
    KILKENNY Kilkenny west of the Nore, below the city of Kilkenny, is a clayey loam immediately over a bed of limestone. In general, the nearer the limestone is to the surface, the poorer the soil; but as this kind of ground, along the banks of the river, produces close and green herbage, and is extremely dry, it seems calculated by nature to form the best kind of sheepwalks. A light soil appears all round the city of Kilkenny, frequently rising into hills of sand and gravel. Along the banks of the Nore, northwards, good meadow ground is found, apparently formed by aquatic Lewis:Ireland
    LIMERICK Limerick west of the river Deel, consists of a light loam resting on limestone or stiff clay, and well suited both for pasture and tillage. In several of the lower districts there are small detached portions of bog, which kind of land is exceedingly valuable in some places, bringing the high rent of £1 per rood; when reclaimed, it is peculiarly adapted to the culture of hemp, though very little either of flax or hemp is grown in the county. A great part of the surface of the western mountains also is a light turbary, but not so good Lewis:Ireland
    LONDON London
    West end. The lord mayor never appeared in public without his rich robe, his hood of black velvet, his gold chain, and a large attendance of harbingers and guards; and on great occasions he rode on horseback, accompanied by a magnificent cavalcade, second in pomp and pageantry only to that which accompanied the sovereign, on his coronation day, from the Tower to Westminster. The trainbands, or City militia, comprised twelve regiments of foot and two of horse, officered by councillors and aldermen; were under the orders of a commission of eminent citizens; possessed the prestige of having contributed much Imperial
    LOUTH Louth west, by the counties of Monaghan and Meath; and on the south by that of Meath. It extends from 53" 42' to 54" 6' N. Lat., and from 6" 4' to 6" 38' W. Lon.; and comprises, according to the Ordnance survey, 200,484 statute acres, of which 185,568 acres are cultivated land, and the remaining 14,916 unimproved mountain and bog. It contained, in 1821, 101,011 inhabitants, and in 1831, 107,481, exclusively of the county of the town of Drogheda, which forms a separate jurisdiction at the southern extremity of the county. It appears from Ptolemy Lewis:Ireland
    OXFORDSHIRE, Oxford, or Oxon Oxfordshire Berkshire breed, and are kept forbrawn and sausages. Natural woods occupy a considerable area, especially in the S; and plantations are numerous. Estates, for the most part, are of moderate size; and farms generally range from 100 to 300 acres, and are held either on lease, or from 7 to 14 years, or mostlyat will. The manufactures are neither numerous nor important.Blankets are made at Witney, Hailey, and Crawley; plush and girths, at Banbury, West Imperial
    SURREY Surrey west; and Berkshire pigs and Dorking fowls are largely kept. Manufactures of numerous kinds abound in the vicinity of the metropolis Imperial
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