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"LYNCOMBE-WITH-WIDCOMBE, a parish in the hundred of Bath Forum, county Somerset, 1 mile S.E. of Bath. It is situated on the river Avon, close to the Great Western railway, and is intersected by the Kennet and Avon canal. The workhouse of the Bath Poor-law Union is situated in this parish. Many of the people are employed in the manufacture of fine woollen cloth. Freestone is extensively quarried in the hills, and is largely used for the buildings in Bath, Windsor, and London. The surface is diversified with hill and dale. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £235, in the patronage of Simeon's trustees. The church, dedicated to St. Mark, has a tower. The living of Widcombe is a vicarage, value with the curacy of St. Matthew's, £300, in the same patronage The church is a modern structure. The charities produce about £8 per annum. At Holloway, in this parish, is St. Mary Magdalene's hospital for idiots, founded in the 14th century by John Cantlow, prior of Bath, and rebuilt in 1761with a chapel annexed. A Roman Catholic college was established here by the Roman Catholic bishop of the western district for the education of secular clergymen." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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