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"WHITESTAUNTON, a parish in the hundred of Petherton, county Somerset, 3 miles N.W. of Chard, its post town, and 6 from Ilminster. There are quarries of chalk and blue lias. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £255. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient structure with a square embattled tower. The parochial charities produce about £21 per annum, which go to Somerhayes' school. There are vestiges of ancient encampments, near which Roman antiquities have been found." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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