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Highley St Mary

"HIGHTLEIGH, or Highley St. Mary. is an extra parochial farm and manor, on the hills adjoining Oakford parish, and the borders of Somerset, 4 miles W. by N. of Bampton. It had anciently a chapel, and its land and assessed taxes are collected by the parish officers of Stoodleigh. It belongs to the Trustees of the late Lord Rolle, and is occupied by Mr. Henry Maunder." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

In Witheridge Hundred. According to Peskett: "of vague ecclesiastical status, probably definable as extra-parochial on lapse of function of the medieval chapel (in ruins) . . . now incorporated in Oakford parish."


Church History

"There has been no residing Rector or Curate for a Century back . . .The Chappel the only place of Worship in the Parish is in ruins" - Episcopal visitation return 1744.


Church Records

According to Peskett: "no registers; the inhabitants should be registered at Oakford, but Brushford, Somerset (distinguish Brushford, Devon) church was more accessible".


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