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LEVERINGTON

[Transcribed and edited information mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"LEVERINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Wisbech, Isle of Ely, county Cambridge, 2 miles north-west of Wisbech, its post town and railway station. The parish is situated near the river Nen, and contains the chapelry of Parson Drove. It formerly had a chantry at Fitten End. A portion of the land is in common, though the greater part was enclosed by Act of Parliament in 1841. The soil consists of rich loam, but the surface is fenny. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, value £2,099, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is of great antiquity, and has a spired tower containing a clock and six bells. It was thoroughly restored in 1856. The interior of the church contains an old brass lectern or reading desk. There is also a district church at Parson Drove, the living ofwhich is a perpetual curacy,* value £271, in the patronage of trustees. This living was formerly held by Bishop Warren, and Nasmith, the editor of Tanner's "Notitia." The register dates from 1558. The charities produce about £600 per annum. There is an endowed school for both sexes, and a Sunday-school."

"FITTON END, in the parishes of Newton in the Isle and Leverington, about a mile south of Newton in the Isle"

"PARSON DROVE, a chapelry in the parish of Leverington, hundred of Wisbech, Isle of Ely, county Cambridge, 5 miles south-west of Wisbech, its post town, and 3 south-west of Leverington. The village, which is considerable, is situated at a short distance from the river Nene. The land is fenny, and in part common, but most of the waste lands have been recently enclosed under an Act obtained in 1841. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Ely, value £271. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient structure, with a square tower containing five bells. The register dates from 1651."

[Transcribed mainly from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010

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