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"WRITHLINGTON, a parish in the hundred of Kilmersdon, county Somerset, 6 miles N.W. of Frome. It is situated on the Bath canal, and an affluent of the Avon, abounding with trout and eels. The surface is hilly, and the soil chiefly clay on a substratum of oolite. There are extensive collieries, quarries of white freestone, and beds of fuller's earth. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £170, in the patronage of the Prebendary of Writhlington in the cathedral of Salisbury. The church is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene." From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) Transcribed by Colin Hinson © 2003

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