"LYNG, a parish in the hundred of Andersfield, county Somerset, 6 miles S.E. of Bridgwater, its post town, and 7 N.E. of Taunton. It is situated on the river Tone, and includes the township of Boroughbridge and isle of Athelney, where Alfred took refuge from the invading Danes, and afterwards founded a monastery of the Benedictine order. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £81. The church is an ancient edifice dedicated to St. Bartholomew. There is also a district church at Boroughbridge. There is a National school for both sexes. Some traces of the old monastery have been found below the surface of the soil, and a stone monument, erected at the commencement of the present century, indicates the spot. Richard Gatcombe, Esq., is lord of the manor. Fairs are held on the last Tuesday in March, and the first Monday and last Tuesday in August, for the sale of cattle." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


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