Place:Burbage, Wiltshire, England

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NameBurbage
TypeVillage
Coordinates51.333°N 1.667°W
Located inWiltshire, England
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Burbage is a village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire, England. It is about south of Marlborough and west of Newbury.

History

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The Kennet and Avon Canal was built just north of the village and completed in 1810. The Great Western Railway's Berks and Hants Extension Railway from to was built close to the canal in the 1860s, eventually becoming part of the to Line of the main line from in 1906. The GWR built near the north end of the village. British Railways closed it in 1966. There was also a goods-only station called about three-quarters of a mile west of Savernake station.

The Midland and South Western Junction Railway opened from to in 1882, the latter station being situated in nearby West Grafton. The northern section of the M&SWJR line from Swindon to had opened in 1881, and this was joined to the southern section from 1883 by using the Great Western Railway's branch between Savernake and . In 1898 the M&SWJR got its own route between Marlborough and Grafton and a new station opened at . The M&SWJR had therefore become a route between and Cheltenham and the Midlands. British Railways closed it in 1961.

The population of Burbage peaked at around 1600 with the building of the railway in 1860, declining to a low point of 1000 a century later. It has since increased steadily, regaining its 1860s level in the 21st century. At the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 1,660.[1]

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