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"HATCH-BEAUCHAMP, a parish in the hundred of Abdick, county Somerset, 5 miles S.E. of Taunton, and 7 N.W. of Ilminster. It is situated on the main road from Taunton to Ilminster, near the Chard canal. This place, which is now an inconsiderable village, was anciently called Hache, and was a market town under the Beauchamps. White and blue lias are quarried for building, and for burning into lime. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £115. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £167. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a handsome structure with a square embattled tower. It has a painting of the Descent from the Cross as an altarpiece. The Baptists and Wesleyans have chapels, and there are National and Sunday schools." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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