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"SOUTH STOKE, a parish in the hundred of Bath Forum, county Somerset, 2½ miles S.W. of Bath. The village is situated on the river Avon and the Radford canal. The parish includes the chapelries of Monckton Combe and Combe Down. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in agriculture. There are a brewery and malt house. The soil consists of a thin layer of loam, on a subsoil of stone, of which there are several quarries. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £200. The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient edifice, with a tower and three bells. It was thoroughly restored and added to in 1845. There are also the district churches of Monckton Combe and Combe Down, the livings of which are perpetual curacies There are chapels for Roman Catholics and Wesleyans at Mitford. Mitford Castle is the principal residence." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003
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