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"CORTON DENHAM, a parish in the hundred of Horethorne, in the county of Somerset, 3 miles S.E. of Sparkford station, and 4 from Sherborne, its post town. A considerable part of the parish is comprised in Gorton Ridge, which forms a valuable sheep-walk. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £320, in the patronage of Lord Portman. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an old Norman structure, consisting of nave, chancel, north aisle, porch, and tower, and contains an ancient font. The charities amount to £3 per annum. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there is a parochial school for both sexes. Roman remains and coins have been found here. Lord Portman is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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