county is divided into 2 divisions—viz., North Wexford
and South Wexford, each returning 1 member.—2.
Wexford, seaport, mun. bor., and the capital, co.Wex-
ford, at mouth of river Slaney, on Wexford Harbour,
15 miles SE. of Enniscorthy and 92 miles S. of Dublin
by rail, 481 ac., pop. 12,163; 3 Banks, 4 newspapers.
Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Wexford was
a settlement of the Danes in the 9th century; was
taken by the English under Fitzstephen in the reign of
Henry II.; was sacked by Cromwell in 1649 ; and was
the headquarters of the insurgents in 1798. Several
parts of the old walls and the ruins of ancient abbeys
still remain. There are several convents and eminent
educational institutions. The harbour is very capa-
cious, but its entrance is impeded by a bar of sand;
vessels, drawing not more than 10 ft. of water, can
cross this bar; larger vessels load and discharge their
cargoes at Ballygeary, 6 miles to the S., where a deep
water harbour has been constructed. (For shipping
statistics, see Appendix.) Steamers sail weekly be-
tween Wexford and the ports of Bristol and Liverpool.
The exports are considerable, and consist chiefly of
agricultural produce, live stock, malt, and whisky.
Wexford has 1 distillery. There is a shipbuilding
yard. Many of the inhabitants are employed in the
salmon, herring, and oyster fisheries. Wexford re-
turned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
Wexford Harbour, E. co. Wexford; has now an
area at high water of 7390 ac., 2200 ac. having been
reclaimed on the north side and 2000 ac. on the south
side. A breakwater has been constructed parallel to
Wexham, par. and vil., Bucks, in SE. of co.—par.,
748 ac., pop. 172; vil., 1% mile NE. of Slough; P.O., T.O.
Wey.—river, Hants and Surrey; rises near Alton,
Hants, and flows NE., past Farnham, Godalming,
Guildford, and Woking, to the Thames at Weybridge;
is 35 miles long, and is navigable up to Godalming.—2.
Wey, river, in Dorset; rises near Upway, and flows 6
miles SE. to English Channel at Weymouth.
Wey and Arun Canal, Surrey and Sussex ; extends
18 miles S. from the Wey near Godalming in Surrey,
past Bramley, Farnhurst, and Loxwood, to the Arun,
near Stopham, in Sussex ; it has 23 locks.
Weybourne, par. and vil., Norfolk—par., 1680 ac.,
pop. 232; vil., on the coast, 3% miles NE. of Holt; P.O.
Fishing and fishcuring are carried on. A coastguard
station is here. Weybourne is the starting-point of the
submarine cable to Emden.
Weybourne House, seat, 1 mile NE. of Farnham,
Weybread, par. and vil., Suffolk—par., 2476 ac.,
pop. 647; vil., on river Waveney, 3 miles S. of Har-
leston ; P.O.
Weybridge.—par. and vil. with ry. sta., Surrey, at
the influx of the Wey with the Thames, 3% miles SE.
of Chertsey, 1372 ac., pop. 3027 ; P.O., T.o., and P.O.,
T.O., called Weybridge Village, 1 Bank. Weybridge
owes its great increase in population to the erection of
many fine villas of London merchants. An oil mill
gives employment to a number of the inhabitants.
There are market and fruit gardens. A palace, built
in the par. by Henry VIII., is represented by some
gateways and underground passages.—2. Weybridge,
hamlet, Acle par., Norfolk, 1 mile NE. of Acle.
Wey dale, hamlet, in par. and 3% miles SE. of Thurso,
Caithness ; P.O.; has quarries.
Weylilll, vil. with ry. sta., Penton Grafton par.,
Hants, 4 miles W. of Andover; P.O., T.o. A great
fair for sheep, pigs, horses, and agricultural produce is
held here annually from 10th to 14th of October.
Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, mun. bor., sea-
port, and watering-place, Dorset, on river Wey, at its
influx into Weymouth Bay, 7% miles S. of Dorchester
by rail—par., 77 ac., pop. 3630; mun. bor., 763 ac., pop.
13,715 ; 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday
and Friday. The bor. includes the pars, of Weymouth
(pop. 3630) and Melcombe Regis (pop. 7920), and parts
of the pars, of Wyke Regis and Radipole. Weymouth
stands on the S., and Melcombe Regis on the N. bank
of the river, which is crossed by a stone bridge. Wey-
mouth is the fishing town and seaport, and has a con-
siderable coasting trade, and some foreign trade, chiefly
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