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Abbots Leigh, Somerset

Historical Description

Abbots-Leigh, a parish in Somerset, on the left bank of the Avon, 3½ miles WNW of Bristol, and 2 from Pill station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Bristol; money order and telegraph office, Pill. Area of the parish, 2276 acres; population, 312. Limestone is quarried. Leigh Court, the seat of the Miles family, is an elegant structure, with Ionic porticoes, built by P. J. Miles, Esq., early in the 19th century, and contains a splendid collection of pictures. The old Court, near the site of this mansion, belonging to the family of Norton, gave concealment to Charles II. after the battle of Worcester, as recorded on the tablet of the Nortons in the church. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; net value, £186. Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. Leigh, under the title of " Lege," is mentioned in Domesday Book (1086) and also in the Gheld Inquest (1084).

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

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Civil Registration

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Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyNorth Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS8
Post TownBristol