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"COMPTON BISHOP, a parish in the hundred of Winterstoke, in the county of Somerset, 2 miles W. of Axbridge, its post town, and 11 from the Yatton railway station. It is pleasantly situated at the foot of the Mendip hills, and contains the township of Cross. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £185, in the patronage of the prebendary. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, was restored in 1852. It is a small edifice in the early pointed style, with some traces of Norman architecture, and contains a stone pulpit and font. The register dates from 1641. The charities produce about £18 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, as well as a Sunday school. A beautiful stalactite cave was discovered some years past, but has since been robbed of its gems. The lord of the manor is Sir Charles Mordaunt, Bart. This place took the suffix to its name from the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who possessed the manor about the time of the Norman Conquest." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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