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Farleigh Hungerford

"FARLEIGH-HUNGERFORD, a parish in the hundred of Wellow, county Somerset, 7 miles S.E. of Bath. Beckington is its post town. It is situated on the river Frome, in a beautiful and well-wooded country. The Freshford station on the Bathampton branch of the Great Western railway is 2 miles N. of the village. A castle formerly stood here, built by the Hungerfords in the 12th century, some ruins of which still remain, consisting of a strong arched entrance, portions of thick massive walls, and two towers. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £195. The church is a stone structure of ancient date, dedicated to St. Leonard. It appears to have been the chapel attached to the old castle, and contains monumental and armorial mementoes of the Hungerford family. There is a parochial school for both sexes. Some remains of a Roman tesselated pavement were found here about the middle of the 17th century. Farleigh Park is the seat of the Duke of Somerset." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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