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"ALLER, a parish in the hundred of Somerton, in the county of Somerset, 2 miles N.W. of Langport. It lies near the river Parrot. It was at Oath; in this parish, that Guthrum the Dane and his followers were baptized, after having been defeated by Alfred at Ethandune. In 1645, a skirmish took place at Aller Moor, between the forces of the king and the parliament. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £623, in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Emanuel College, Cambridge. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. It is an ancient edifice, and contains a Saxon arch and a monument of a Botreaux. Ralph Cudworth, the meta-physician, author of "The Intellectual System of the Universe," was born here in 1617, at which time the rectory was held by his father." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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