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National Gazetteer (1868) - Curry Rivel

"CURRY RIVEL, a parish in the hundred of Abdick, in the county of Somerset, 2 miles S.W. of Langport station, and 5 N.W. of South Petherton. It is situated to the S. of the river Parret. Burton Pynsent was once the seat of Earl Chatham. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value with the curacy of Weston, £310, in the patronage of William Speke, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a handsome stone edifice in the early English style and consists of nave, chancel, porch, and tower, with clock and five bells. The charities amount to £28 per annum. There is a day school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is held. There are blue lias and limestone quarries. Arundel Yoe, Esq., is lord of the manor. Fairs are held on the first two Mondays in August."

"BURTON PYNSENT, a tything in the parish of Curry-Rivel, but extending into those of Drayton and Fivehead, hundred of Abdick and Bulstone, in the county of Somerset, 2 miles to the S.W. of Langport. On the summit of a wooded hill, commanding a very extensive view, stands the large irregularly-built mansion which was once the seat of the Earl of Chatham, and where the early years of Lady Hester Stanhope were spent. There are several good portraits in the apartments. On an elevated spot near the house is a column, 140 feet high, erected to the memory of Sir William Pynsent."

"GOOSE BRADON, formerly a parish, now united with the parish of Curry Rivel, in the hundred of Abdick, county Somerset, 1 mile S.W. of Langport. The place is nearly without inhabitants. The living is a sinecure rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £25. There is no church."

"LANGPORT WESTOVER, a hamlet in the parishes of Curry-Rivel and Huish-Episcopi, county Somerset, forming a suburb of Langport-Eastover."

"PORTFIELD, a tything in the parish of Curry-Rivel, hundred of Abdick, county Somerset, 2 miles S.W. of Langport."

"WEEK, (or Wick), a tything in the parishes of Curry-Rivel and Drayton, county Somerset, 1 mile S.W. of Langport.

"WESTPORT, a tything in the parish of Curry Rivel, hundred of Abdick, county Somerset, 3 miles S.W. of Langport."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]