Lyng, Somerset

Historical Description

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.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Somersetshire
Hundred Andersfield
Poor Law union Bridgwater

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Ling (St. Bartholomew) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Somersetshire, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.