"HORNBLOTTON, a parish in the hundred of Whitstone, county Somerset, 5 miles from Castle Carey, its post town and railway station, and 7½ from Shepton Mallet. The parish, which is of small extent, is situated on the Fosse Way, and bounded on the S.E. by the river Brue. Hornblotton, anciently called Hornblawerton, was given in Ethelwolf's time to the monastery of Glastonbury. The soil is a strong clay, alternating with marl, admirably adapted for the manufacture of draining tiles; a great portion of the land is in pasture. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Alford, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. The church is a small edifice, with a wooden tower containing three bells. It has a very old font. The register dates from 1763. The Rev. John Gale Dalton Thring, is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


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