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"LOCKING, a parish in the hundred of Winterstoke, county Somerset, 3½ miles S.E. of Weston-super-Mare, and 6 N.W. of Axbridge. The station at the Weston-super-Mare junction on the Great Western line of railway is nearly 2 miles W. from the village. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The great tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £44, and the vicarial for £174 10s. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £199, in the patronage of the merchant adventurers of Bristol, who are lords of the manor. The present church, dedicated to St. Catherine, is for the most part modern, the tower of the old one only remaining. It contains a stone pulpit, and antique stone font, The register commences in the year 1600. The charities produce about £1 per annum. There is a parochial school." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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