"WEYHILL, a parish in the hundred of Andover, county Hants, 3 miles N.W, of Andover. The parish includes the hamlets of Penton Grafton, formerly a distinct parish, Clanville, Nutbean, and Ragged Appleshaw. A large cattle and horse fair is held in October. Cheese, hops, and leather are also sold in considerable quantities during the fair. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Winchester, value £476, in the patronage of Queen's College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, was much disfigured by Cromwell's soldiers. The manor and advowson were formerly held by the poet Chaucer, and subsequently given by Charles I. to Queen's College, Oxford, for services rendered during the civil war. The fair commences on 10th October, and lasts the five following days. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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