"LOPEN, a parish in the hundred of South Petherton, county Somerset, 2 miles, S.W. of Petherton, and 4 E. of Ilminster. Crewkerne is its post town. The village lies at a short distance off the road leading from London to Exeter, between two wooded hills, gently rising on either side of it. Some of the people are employed in weaving checks. The tithes have been commute for a rent-charge of 1200. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £77. The church is an ancient stone edifice dedicated to All Saints. It has been frequently repaired, and was enlarged in 1834. The register commences in 1693. Earl Poulett is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


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