THE NEW ASTROLOGY OF

TOWNS & CITIES
England’s Civic Corporations

Revised & Extended Edition of the original work by
HAROLD WIGGLESWORTH

Edited by LISA MENDES

Published in association with the Urania Trust


COPYRIGHT DECLARATION

“The New Astrology of Towns & Cities”
Updated & edited by Lisa Mendes.
Based on the original research published in 1973 by Harold Wigglesworth and the
Astrological Association


Published in association with the Urania Trust, London

Copyright © 2013 Urania Trust, Lisa Mendes

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval
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CONTENTS

THE NEW ASTROLOGY OF TOWNS & CITIES
COPYRIGHT DECLARATION
DEDICATION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
KEY TO TABLE OF PLACES
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PLACES
CHART DRAWINGS FOR NOTABLE PLACES
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THE EDITOR







KEY TO TABLE OF PLACES

List of Abbreviations

Date of Incorporation = I
Date of Borough Formation (modern or ancient) = BF
Date of County Incorporation = CI
Ascendant = AS

Other Things to Note:

1. In the lists below, places where the date is not known are indicated like this: - - -
-. Where only the year is known, you will find the following: - - 1547, as in the
case of Aldeburgh.

2. Dates falling between 1 January and 25 March prior to the year 1752, are
somewhat ambiguous and should be checked against the regnal year wherever
possible. As a result, a date range has been given, and the latest date used to
generate chart information. E.g. Banbury, which is shown as 26 Jan 1553-4.
i.e. 25 Jan 1554 O.S.

3. Places which are underlined e.g. BRISTOL are all considered to be counties,
metropolitan or unitary authorities/districts in themselves.

4. BF indicates both ancient borough formation, or the establishment of a more
modern municipal or county borough from the 1800’s onwards.

5. For the sake of simplicity, the counties listed are the CEREMONIAL counties,
and not necessarily the current administrative authority, borough or district,
which seem to change with rather alarming regularity. Further detail can be
found in the Introduction and Notes sections.

6. County Towns are indicated with ‘(County Town)’.

7. An asterisk (*) placed after a place name denotes that it was mentioned in
some capacity in the Domesday Books.

8. Midnight is the default time used to calculate all charts.

9. Due to variations in atlas and time zone data used in the many makes of
astrology software, you may find that you get different results from those listed
here. In the interests of accuracy, all charts calculated in this book have been
done using Solar Fire Gold Version 8. If you would like to test your software
for accuracy, consider subjecting it to a reliable online test recommended by
your software manufacturer.

10. When Harold originally compiled the first edition of this book, all calculations
had to be done manually, which led to more than a few errors. This may explain
why there are large discrepancies between some of the chart data in the
original book and the current publication.

11. Where a hyperlink has been added, you will find additional details about a
particular town and its history in the Notes section at the back of the book.
These include, where known, alternative dates related to charters, boundary
changes or restructuring as a result of legislation. In the Chart Drawings
Section, ‘See Notes’ has been added to indicate which entries also have notes
about them in the back.

12. In the case of entries for well-known towns or major cities such as London and
Bath, a page has been dedicated to each place, complete with chart illustration,
as a special feature.


ALPHABETICAL LIST OF PLACES

A

ABINGDON-ON-
THAMES
C. Oxfordshire
(formerly
Abingdon)
51°N41’ 01°W17’
I 24 Nov 1556; CI 01 Apr 1974

AS
Sun
Moon
17° 49’ Virgo
11° 54’ Sagittarius
13° 00’ Virgo

ACCRINGTON C. Lancashire
53°N46’ 02°W21’
CI 15 Feb 1878

AS
Sun
Moon
05°46’ Scorpio
26°13’ Aquarius
21°53’ Capricorn

ALDEBURGH* C. Suffolk
52°N09’ 01°E35’
CI – – 1547

ALDERSHOT C. Hampshire
51°N15’ 00°W47’
CI 23 Mar 1922

AS
Sun
Moon
02° 49’ Sagittarius
01° 35’ Aries
01° 21’ Aquarius

ALTRINCHAM C. Cheshire
53°N24’ 02°W21’
CI 07 Jul 1937

AS
Sun
Moon
22° 32’ Pisces
24° 14’ Cancer
27° 35’ Gemini

ANDOVER* C. Hampshire
51°N13’ 01°W28’
BF 18 Feb 1200/1

AS
Sun
Moon
15° 29’ Scorpio
06° 30’ Pisces
07° 09’ Leo

APPLEBY-IN-
WESTMORLAND
C. Cumbria
54°N36’ 02°W29’
BF – – 1179; I 01 Apr 1974

AS
Sun
Moon
24° 50’ Scorpio
10° 50’ Aries
22° 29’ Cancer

ARUNDEL* C. West Sussex
50°N51’ 00°W34’
BF 1 January 1836

AS
Sun
Moon
06° 53’ Libra
09° 40’ Capricorn
06° 32’ Gemini

ASHTON-
UNDER-LYNE*
C. Lancashire
53°N29’ 02°W06’
CI 29 Sept 1847

AS
Sun
Moon
03° 17’ Leo
05° 13’ Pisces
06° 09’ Leo

AYLESBURY* C. Buckinghamshire
(County Town) 51°N50’ 00°W50’
CI 14 Nov 1916

AS
Sun
Moon
03° 20’ Scorpio
21° 17’ Scorpio
08° 52’ Cancer



CHART DRAWINGS FOR NOTABLE PLACES












NOTES
A
ABINGDON-ON-THAMES - Previously the county town of Berkshire, under a
royal charter issued on the 24
th
of November 1556, Abingdon became part of
Oxfordshire as a result of the boundary changes initiated by the Local Government Act
(1972) which came into force on 1 April 1974. At this time, it became the seat of the
new Vale of White Horse District Council, and was demoted to a civil parish with its
own town council. The town was formerly renamed ‘Abingdon-on-Thames’ on 23
February 2012.
1


ALDEBURGH - The first true charter was granted in 1547 and is referred to in an
inspeximus charter dated 22 Nov 1554. (HW)

APPLEBY-IN-WESTMORLAND - Formerly the county town of dissolved in 1974
as a result of boundary changes initiated by the Local Government Act (1972). From
medieval times, Appleby served as the head of a municipal borough, formed in 1179
when the county was divided into two baronies. It was at this time that the town’s first
charter was created. A plaque with a copy of this charter is now displayed at Moot
Hall, the seat of the first council, to commemorate the event. In 1889, Appleby was
incorporated into Westmorland County Council, formed under the Local Government
Act (1888), which was based in Kendal. In 1974 when the county of Westmorland
was dissolved, Appleby was incorporated into the new county of Cumbria and its
name changed to Appleby-in-Westmorland in a bid to acknowledge its historic roots.
2




ARUNDEL - A prescriptive borough, designated as such in the 1086 version of
the Domesday Book.
3
A charter dated 22 June 1586, which was an exemplification,
confirms this fact. However, it is unclear whether Arundel was completely self-
governing and free from the lord of the manor until the 19
th
century, and it is only in the
mid-13
th
century that the first mention of a mayor occurs, although this council may
never have been formally incorporated in the traditional sense.
4
Later in 1835 under
the Municipal Corporations Act, the borough was reformed as part of government
efforts to rid local councils and ‘rotten’ parliamentary boroughs of voting irregularities
and corruption. Changes resulting from this act took effect on 1 January 1836. In
1974, when Sussex was divided into two counties - East and West Sussex
5
- Arundel
became a civil parish within the district of Arun but retained its own town council,
which is still the case today.
6


B
BARNSTAPLE - It has been claimed but not proved that Athelstan granted a
charter in 925. According to HW, the town has many inspeximus charters.
7


BARROW - Part of the Borough of Barrow-in-Furness, which was formerly a part
of Lancashire until the boundary changes of 1974. Since then, Barrow has
administratively fallen within the sphere of Cumbria, although it still remains part of the
Duchy of Lancaster. Barrow, together with Walney Island, is unparished, making up
the bulk of the borough's complete area. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Barrow, who
are elected annually, currently hold the titles of Chairman and Vice Chairman of
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council.
8


BATH - Richard I granted a charter on 7 Dec 1189. The 1590 charter converted
the mayor and citizens into a corporate body. With regards to county, Bath was
originally part of the ceremonial county of Somerset but was made a county borough
in 1889 , giving it administrative independence from Somerset. However, in 1974, it
became part of the county of Avon until the latter was abolished under the Avon


ABOUT THE EDITOR



Lisa Mendes trained as a journalist at Rhodes University before forging a successful
career as a television researcher in South Africa, where she worked on several high
profile current affairs and news-based programmes for SABC, as well as an award-
winning documentary on the history of the South African education system. Her career
took a more print-orientated path when she moved to the UK in 2001. After working as
a media librarian for a large newspaper group, she went back to study for an MA in the
Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent, graduating cum
laude in 2009. Since then, she has had the opportunity of expanding her research,
copywriting and editing skills through a number of publishing-related roles, particularly
in the field of health and wellbeing. Astrology has always been her private passion,
though, and in recent years, she has had the privilege of editing a number of
astrology-related publications, including this one. An FAS certificate holder, she
currently works as a freelance writer and editor.

For more information, visit www.lisamendes.co.uk

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