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"SANDFORD-ORCAS, a parish in the hundred of Horethorns, county Somerset, 3 miles N. of Sherborne, its post town, and 2 S.E. of Marston railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is wholly agricultural. The land is chiefly in pasture. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £260, and the glebe comprises 45 acres. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £283. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is an ancient structure, with a tower containing five bells. The register dates from 1538. The parochial charities produce about £1 10s. per annum. There is a school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. Hubert Hutchings, Esq., is lord of the manor." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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