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Shepton Montague

"SHEPTON-MONTAGUE, a parish in the hundred of Norton-Ferris, county Somerset, 2 miles N. W. of Wincanton, 5½ from Evercreech, its post town, and 2 S. of the Burton railway station. The village, which is of small extent, is situated on the Burton and Sherborne road. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. The surface is undulating, and the land nearly evenly divided between arable and dairy farms. The soil is light and stony upon a subsoil of oolite. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £223. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £62. The church, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, or to St. Peter, is an ancient stone structure with a tower containing three bells. The register dates from 1560. The church was restored about 1855. The parochial charities produce about £60 per annum, of which £37 goes towards the support of the schools. There is a National school for both sexes, in which a Sunday-school is also held. W. Philips, 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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