NAPTON-ON-THE-HILL - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868
The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
On the enclosure of the parish in 1778 the commissioners assigned to the hospital 490 acres of land, and to the vicar 201, in lieu of tithes. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Worcester, value £460, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, has a tower containing five bells. In the chancel is a stone supposed to represent a gridiron, symbolical of the martyrdom of the patron saint. The parochial charities produce about £45 per annum. There are places of worship for the Baptists and Wesleyans; also National schools for both sexes. At the northern extremity of this parish, adjoining Leamington-Hastings, is a tumulus called Tornlow, supposed to indicate the site of some ancient battle, human bones being frequently dug up."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]