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Chew Magna, Somerset

Historical Description

Chew-Magna, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands on an affluent of the river Avon, 3 miles W of Pensford station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bristol, and was once a borough and a market-town. The parish includes the tith-ings of Northelm, Stone, Knowie, and Sutton, and both it and the village are sometimes called Bishops-Chew. Acreage, 5014; population of the civil parish, 1481; of the ecclesiastical, 985. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £600 with residence. The church is Decorated English, and has been restored. The perpetual curacy of Dundry is a separate benefice. There is a chapel of ease at Bishop-Sutton. There are also Baptist and Wes-leyan chapels. Sutton Court, Chew Court, Manor House, and Highfields are the chief residences.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Ecclesiastical parishChew Magna St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionClutton 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyBath and North East Somerset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS40
Post TownBristol