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DEVIZES:
HENRY BULL, SAINT JOHN STREET.

LONDON:
G. BELL, 186, FLEET STREET ; J. R. SMITH, 36, Sono SQUARE.

DEVIZES: PRINTED BY HENRY BULL,

SAINT JOHN STREET.

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Hllustrations.

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Cucking Stool at Wootton Basset.......

Ditto near Worthing ...............
The Rudge Cup ........
Plan of Castle Grounds at Marlborough, A.D. 1723.
Farley Castle in A.D. 1645........
Old Stourton House, destroyed A.D. 1720........
Anglo-Saxon Relics at Harnham ...,
Boyton Church : Windows in Lambert Chapel

Ditto Sir Alex. Giffard's Effigy ..
Kingston House, Bradford .....

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Ditto Wood carving of Arms ...

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PREFACE.

In laying before the public, under the present form, an Account . of the Inaugural Meeting of the Wilts Archæological and Natural History Society, an opportunity is offered of explaining the character of the Publication which the Society now proposes to put forth.

It will be seen in the Rules, that a General Meeting is to be held once in every year, at some time and place to be fixed by the Committee, for the purpose of receiving an Annual Report, transacting business, and reading such Papers as may have been prepared for the occasion. These, with the Proceedings of each Meeting, will of course appear in print.

But it has been thought advisable not to confine the Society's efforts to an Annual Report. In the hope of sustaining a more lively interest in the objects for which it has been established, it is proposed to commence, as a medium of intercourse, a series of publications, of which the present is the First, relating to the general History and Antiquities of the County of Wilts. To those who reside in the more remote parts of it, such a means of communication, will be, it is presumed, particularly acceptable.

In order to place it within the reach of readers of every class, it will require to be of a more inexpensive kind than is common in Archæological and Topographical works: so that illustrations in engraving or lithograph, cannot frequently be introduced, unless

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