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WESTBURY

Westbury is situated under the north-western bluffs of Salisbury Plain, cut into which is one of our line’s most distinctive landmarks, the Westbury White Horse. Once believed to have been created to celebrate a great Saxon victory over the Danes in 878, no evidence has yet been found for the existence of the Westbury White Horse before the 1720s. The form of the current White Horse dates from 1778, although its original shape may have been quite different from the horse seen today. One 18th century engraving shows the horse facing to the right, but in its current form it faces to the left.



The centre of town is surprisingly quaint, particularly around the Market Place, behind which is the churchyard of All Saints' Church (14th century). The church boasts the third heaviest ring of bells in the world, an Erasmus Bible and a 16th century clock with no face constructed by a local blacksmith. The town has some interesting independent retail stores, and splendid Victorian swimming baths, with the oldest indoor pool still in use in the country.

The town centre is just under a mile from the station, but is signposted along the route, and there is a useful map on the front wall of the station (to the left as you exit). At the top of the station approach road, turn right at the roundabout. There are also reasonably frequent buses along the main road at that point. Again, details are available at the front of the station.

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