Ling or Lyng, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands near the river Tone, the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, and the Durston and Athelney stations of the G.W.R., about 7 ½ miles NE from Taunton, and 7 SE from Bridgwater, and has a post office under Taunton; money order and telegraph office, North Curry. It has a fair on the second Monday of Aug. The parish includes Athelney Island and part of Burrowbridge chapelry. Acreage, 1465; population, 285. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £80 with residence. The church is ancient, and consists of nave and chancel, with a tower. It contains some beautiful oak carving. Athelney, in the parish, is historically famous as the retreat of King Alfred the Great during the invasion of the Danes. See ATHELNEY.
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Directories & Gazetteers
Transcript of the entry for Ling (St. Bartholomew) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
Online maps of Lyng are available from a number of sites:
Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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- Western Gazette
- Wells Journal
- Somerset County Gazette
The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.