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"DOWNHEAD, a parish in the hundred of Whitstone, in the county of Somerset, 22 miles N. of the Cranmore station on the Great Western railway, and 5 N.E. of Shepton Mallet, its post town. It is generally considered a chapelry in the parish of Doulting, to which it is ecclesiastically annexed. The impropriate tithes, belonging to Lord Portman, have been commuted for a rent-charge of £85, and the vicarial for £114. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Doulting, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a stone structure in the perpendicular style of architecture. The register commences in 1695. There are parochial and Sunday schools. 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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