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Chewton Mendip, Somerset

Historical Description

Chewton-Mendip, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village lies on a spur of the Mendip Hills, 3 miles from Binegar station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. It was the Ciwtune of Alfred's will. Acreage, 5855; population of the civil parish, 687; of the ecclesiastical, 897. The parish includes also the tithing of North Widcombe. Chew-ton Priory is a seat on the site of an ancient monastery. There are lime works and quarries. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Emborough, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £249 with residence. The church is partly Norman, and has a very fine Late English tower, 126 feet high. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishChewton-Mendip St. Mary Magdalene 
Poor Law unionWells 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA3
Post TownRadstock