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"HUNTSPILL, a parish in the hundred of the same name, county Somerset, 6 miles N. of Bridgwater, its post town, and 1½ mile from Highbridge railway station. The village, which is considerable, is situated near the mouth of the river Parret, and on the high road from Bristol to Exeter. The parish contains the village of Aston-Morris, as well as that of Huntspill. The latter was formerly a market town, and is now divided into two parts, distinguished as East and West. The Bristol and Exeter railway passes through the parish. There are some brick and tile- kilns. The land is principally rich pasture. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £532, in the patronage of Balliol College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to All Saints, has a tower containing a clock and five bells. The register dates from 1654. The charities produce about £320 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, endowed with £6 per annum; also a Sunday-school. The Wesleyan Methodists have a place of worship. The rector is the lord of the manor. Fairs are held on 29th June, 10th August, and 17th December." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
References in the British Library:
- A letter to George Templer, Esq. on the propriety of imposing a new tax on eighteen parishes in the county of Somerset, under the denomination of Huntspill Level, for repairing a certain extent of sea wall in the parish of Huntspill, etc.. Taunton: printed and sold by Thomas Norris, 1800. pp. 44.
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