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"SAMPFORD-BRETT, a parish in the hundred of Williton, county Somerset, 15 miles N.W. of Taunton, its post town, and 1½ mile S.W. of Williton station on the West Somerset railway. The village, which is of small extent, and chiefly agricultural, is supposed to take the adjunct to its name from the family of De Brett, to whom it anciently belonged. The soil is a mixture of sand and loam upon a subsoil of marl and clay. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £300, and the glebe comprises 36 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £358. The church, dedicated to St. George, has a square tower containing five bells. The parochial charities produce about £2 per annum. There is a Sunday-school for both sexes. Sir A. A. Hood, Bart., is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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