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"WRINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Brent-with-Wrington, county Somerset, 7 miles N.E. of Axbridge, 10 S.W. of Bristol, and 4 S.E. of Yatton railway station. The parish, which includes the chapelries of Broadfield and Burrington, is situated in a country watered by the river Yeo, and sheltered by the Mendip Hills. The village, formerly a market town under charter of Edward II., is built on the slope of a hill on the road from Bristol to Bridgwater, and consists chiefly of two streets intersecting obliquely, and a number of detached houses. Petty sessions are held on the first Monday in each month. There are a literary institution with reading-room and library, and a savings-bank. Mill puff and flock are manufactured here. About three-quarters of a mile to the E. of the village is Barley Wood, where is the thatched cottage-ornee built by the late Mrs. Hannah More and her sister, and in which she resided for twenty-five years. John Locke was born here in 1632 at a thatched house on the N. side of the churchyard, now partly occupied as a school. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bath and Wells. The church is dedicated to All Saints. There is also a chapel-of-ease called Christ Church at Red Hill, built in 1844. The Independents and Wesleyans have chapels. The National schools were erected in 1857 at a cost of £1,500; there are besides infant and Sunday schools. The charities produce about £30 per annum, including a small endowment for the schools. A fair formerly held on the 9th September is now discontinued." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003


References in the British Library:
  • A Word to the Labouring Classes, on the tumults at Bristol; being a sermon preached in the parish church of Wrington, Somerset.. London, 1831.

  • The Christian an example. A sermon, preached in the parish church of Wrington, Somerset, on the Sunday after the funeral of Mrs. Hannah More, which took place there September 13, 1833.. London: J. G. & F. Rivington, 1833. pp. 20.

  • Wrington and its Surroundings ... Map and ... illustrations. Official guide, etc. (Wrington, Somerset. The official guide.). Ed. J. Burrow & Co.: Cheltenham, [1928- .]

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