"CRUX-EASTON, a parish in the lower half of the hundred of Pastrow, in the county of Hants, 5 miles S.W. of Kingsclere, and 6½ S. of Newbury, its post town and railway station. It is a very small place, and is mentioned in Domesday Survey as Croch Estone. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value £180, in the patronage of the Rev. James Bagge. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There is a National school. The celebrated grotto constructed by the nine sisters of the Lisle family, and celebrated by Pope, has been suffered to fall to ruins. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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