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"ROWBERROW, a parish in the hundred of Winterstoke, county Somerset, 4 miles N.E. of Axbridge, its post town, and 6 S.E. of Yatton railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is situated among the Mendip hills, near the Bristol and Bridgwater turnpike roads, and is chiefly agricultural. The soil is of a light nature, with a subsoil of limestone brash upon limestone rock. The land is chiefly in pasture. The substratum formerly abounded with Tapes calaminaris, of which extensive mines were in operation, but are now exhausted. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £134, in the patronage of the Bishop of Worcester. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, is an ancient stone edifice, with a tower containing six bells. The register dates from 1723. There is a National mixed school. E. Leacroft, Esq., of Nottingham, is lord of the manor and principal landowner." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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