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Norton Malreward

"NORTON-MALREWARD, a parish in the hundred of Chew, county Somerset, 4 miles S. of Bristol. Pensford is its post town. The parish, which is of small extent, consists principally of four extensive farms, and contains the extra parochial place of Norton-Hawkfield, or Hautville. In the neighbourhood is Maes Knoll Tump, a tumulus 390 feet by 84, and 45 feet in height, above the level of the camp inside. It is bounded on the western side of the knoll by a deep ditch. A portion of the soil consists of a clayey nature upon a subsoil of red sandstone and white lias, which are quarried for building purposes. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £223, and the glebe comprises 57 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £283. The church has an original embattled tower, containing two bells. The only other portion of the old building is the Norman arch, the remainder having been rebuilt in 1861. There is a National school for both sexes. "Here Lane" is still opened to the public, and is used as a bridle road. Ammonites and fossil nautili are abundant in this neighbourhood." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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