National Gazetteer (1868) - Hinton Charterhouse
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"HINTON CHARTERHOUSE, a parish in the hundred of Wellow, in the county of Somerset, 4 miles S.E. of Bath, and 1 mile S. from the Freshford station of the Great Western railway. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Bath and Wells, value £100, in the patronage of the Vicar of Norton St. Philip. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is an ancient stone edifice.[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
There are National and Sunday schools for both sexes. Here is an old tower of a Carthusian (Chartreux) priory, founded about the year 1230 by Ela Countess of Salisbury, who likewise laid out the park. There have been discovered in this parish traces of a Roman amphitheatre, as well as pottery and coins, supporting the opinion that this formerly was a Roman station. Hinton Charter-House is a handsome residence, containing a fine collection of paintings, amongst which are some valuable portraits of Henry VIII. and Edward VI., by Holbein; Mary Queen of Scots, by Zucchero; Lord -Keeper Guildford and Lord Strafford, by Vandyck; besides several by Abbot, and other painters."
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]