The Thames is navigable for rowing-boats as far upwards as Cricklade, except in dry seasons, and for barges at all times as far as Lechlade, 18 m.
Robert of Cricklade, prior of St Frideswide at Oxford, dedicated to Henry II.
288; on the Defloratio Pliniana of Robert of Cricklade, K.
Cricklade; -land, e.g.
CRICKLADE, a market town in the Cricklade parliamentary division of Wiltshire, England, 9 m.
Legend makes Cricklade the abode of a school of Greek philosophers before the Roman conquest, and the name is given as "Greeklade" in Drayton's Polyolbion.
During the revolt of ZEthelwald the IEtheling in 905 he and his army "harried all the Mercian's land until they came to Cricklade and there they went over the Thames" (Anglo-Sax.
Sub anno), and in 1016 Canute came with his army over the Thames into Mercia at Cricklade (ibid.).
There was a mint at Cricklade in the time of Edward the Confessor and William I., and William of Dover fortified a castle here in the reign of Stephen.
A hospital dedicated to St John the Baptist was founded at Cricklade, and placed under the government of a warden or prior.
Cricklade was a borough by prescription at least as early as the Domesday Survey, and returned two members to parliament from 1295 until disfranchised by the Redistribution Act of 1885.
During the 14th century Cricklade formed part of the dowry of the queens of England.
SWINDON, a market town and municipal borough in the Cricklade parliamentary division of Wiltshire, England, 774 m.