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Leigh on Mendip

"LEIGH-UPON-MENDIP, a parish in the hundred of Frome, county Somerset, 5½ miles W. of the Frome railway station, and 6 from Shepton-Mallet. The village, which is small, is situated in a very healthy spot, 884 feet above the level of the sea. The land is principally in pasture. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the dairy farming. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Mells, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. The church, dedicated to St. Giles, is an ancient stone structure, with a tower containing a clock and six bells. The register dates from 1566. There is a National school for both sexes, also a Sunday-school. The Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists have each a chapel. The Rev. John S. H. Horner is lord of the manor and principal landowner." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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