/ wɪltʃaɪr /
County of SW England
area 3,480 sq km/1,343 sq mi
towns and cities Trowbridge (administrative headquarters), Salisbury, Swindon, Wilton
features Marlborough Downs; Savernake Forest; rivers: Kennet, Wylye, Salisbury and Bristol Avons; Salisbury Plain, a military training area used since Napoleonic times; Longleat House (Marquess of Bath); Wilton House (Earl of Pembroke); Stourhead, with 18th-century gardens; Neolithic Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Silbury Hill, West Kennet Long Barrow, finest example of a long barrow in Wiltshire, dating from the 3rd millennium BC.
industries wheat, cattle, pig and sheep farming, rubber, engineering, clothing, brewing
famous people Christopher Wren, William Talbot, Isaac Pitman.