Watlington, a market-town of Oxfordshire, 8 miles NE. of Wallingford. Pop. of parish, 1734.


Watton, a Norfolk market-town, 12 miles N. of Thetford. Near it is Wayland Wood, the scene of the ' Children of the Wood.' Pop. 1365.


Wauke'gan, capital of Lake county, Illinois, on the west shore of Lake Michigan, 36 miles by rail N. by W. of Chicago. Pop. 9345, Wau'kesha, capital of a county, Wisconsin, on Fox River, 19 miles W. of Milwaukee. Pop. 7321.


Wausau (Waw'saw), a town of Wisconsin, 210 miles NW. of Milwaukee. It sends much lumber down the Wisconsin River. Pop. 12,360.


Wave'ney, a river of Norfolk and Suffolk, flowing 50 miles ENE. to the Yare, 4 1/2 miles WSW. of Yarmouth.


Waverley. See Farnham.


Wavertree, a SE. suburb of Liverpool.


Wavre (Vahvr), a Belgian town, 15 miles SE. of Brussels; pop. 8432. Here on 18th June 1815 the Prussians prevented Grouchy from joining Napoleon at Waterloo.

Wayland Wood

Wayland Wood. See Watton.


Wazan', a town of Morocco, 90 miles SE. of Tangier; pop. 20,000, It is a sacred city, the headquarters of the Grand Shereef.


Wazirabad', a town of the Punjab, 21 miles N. of Gujranwala by rail. Pop. 15,462.


Waziristan', a highland country between the Kurram and Gomul passes. Formerly Afghan, it was transferred to British India in 1894; but a military expedition had to be despatched thither in Jan. 1895.


Weald. See Kent, Sussex.


Wear, a river of Durham (q.v.), 65 miles long. See also Sunderland.


Weaver, a Cheshire river flowing 45 miles to the Mersey, 2 1/2 miles below Runcorn.

Webb City

Webb City, a town of Missouri, 9 miles SW. of Carthage. Pop. 9200.


Wedmore, a Somerset parish (pop. 3060), 8 miles WNW. of Wells. Here peace was signed in 878 between King Alfred and Guthrum the Dane.


Wednesfield, a NE. suburb of Wolverhampton.


Wei-hai-wei, a harbour in the Chinese peninsula of Shantung, 40 miles E. of Che-foo, secured by Britain on a lease of twenty-five years, as Port Arthur (q.v.) had been by Russia. Pop. of ceded strip round the bay, 200,000.


Weimar (Vi-mar), the capital of the German grand duchy of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, on the Ilm's left bank, 31 miles E. of Gotha and 155 SW. of Berlin. The lustre conferred on it by the residence of Goethe, Schiller, Herder, and Wieland, at the court of Karl-August, has faded, and the interest of the place (Thackeray's ' Pumpernickel') is almost wholly derived from its monuments, traditions, and associations. The town church (Stadtkirche), dating from 1400, contains the tombs of Bernhard of Weimar, Herder, etc. Other buildings are the handsome ducal palace, rebuilt in 1790-1803 after the fire of 1774; the Rothes Schloss (1574); the Grimes Schloss, with a library of 180.000 volumes, and relics of Luther and Gustavus Adolphus; the court theatre (rebuilt 1825). where Liszt produced Wagner's Lohengrin; and the houses of Cranach, Goethe, Schiller, and Herder. Pop. (1871) 15,998; (1900) 28,330.