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Lympsham

"LYMPSHAM, a parish in the hundred of Brent, county Somerset, 6 miles W. of Axbridge; and 6 6.E. of Weston-super-Mare, its post town. It is intersected by the Bristol and Exeter section of the Great Western line of railway, and the river Axe. The parish includes the hamlets of Batch and Eastertown. It lies in a marsh, and consists chiefly of dairy farms, supplying cheese of excellent quality. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £491 lbs. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £603. The church, dedicated to St. Christopher, is an ancient stone edifice with a very elegant tower restored by Charles I., and contains a richly canopied stall appropriated to the mitred abbots of Glastonbury, to whom the manor formerly belonged. The register commences in 1737. The charities amount to about 14 per annum. The Wesleyans have a chapel, and there is a parochial school. The rectory house is a specimen of Tudor architecture, surrounded by beautiful grounds. Mrs. Popham is lady of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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