"WRAXALL, a parish in the hundred of PORTBURY, county of SOMERSET, 6 miles (W. by S.) from Bristol, containing 769 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacies of Flax-Bourton and Nailsea, in the archdeaconry of Bath, and diocese of Bath and Wells, rated in the king's books at £49. 11. 8., and in the patronage of the Rev. James Vaughan. The church, dedicated to All Saints, has lately received an addition of one hundred and sixty sittings, of which one hundred are free, the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels having granted £200 towards defraying the expense. A school adjoining the churchyard was erected by Richard Vaughan, who endowed it with £300, the interest of which, together with about £6 a year bequeathed by Elizabeth Martindale, is applied for teaching poor children. A fair is held at Allhallow-tide, which continues six days. On Leigh down, about a mile from Fayland's Inn, in this parish, is an irregular intrenchment, and near it another of a circular form, called the Old Fort. On the same down, upon opening a tumulus in 1815, several hundred Roman coins of the Lower Empire were discovered, with fragments of ancient urns; and many other indications of the residence of the Romans have been observed in the neighbourhood."  [Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]



References in the British Library:
  • A Sermon preached in the Parish Church, Wraxall, Somerset, ... the day following the funeral of the Rev. J. Vaughan.. pp. 15. Privately printed: London, 1889.


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