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Wiltshire is a large southern English county. It borders onto Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset, Bath and N.E. Somerset[?], South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. It also contains the unitary authority of City of Swindon[?].

Wiltshire is a mostly rural landscape with large areas of rolling chalk downland and grazing farmland. A large part of the county is taken up by Salisbury Plain[?], a vast expanse of semi-wilderness used mainly by farmers and the British Army. The county had a population of 564,000 in 1991 and a size of 858,931 acres, pr 1 E9 square metres.

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It also houses the Neolithic monument at Avebury, consisting of large circular dikes and trenches, with some standing stones, and the museum of one of the pioneers of photography, William Fox Talbot.

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