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Compton Bishop, Somerset

Historical Description

Compton-Bishop, a parish in Somerset, on the river Axe, under the Mendip Hills, 2 miles W of Axbridge, and 9 from Highbridge station on the G.W.R. It contains Cross and the Axbridge workhouse, and its post town is Axbridge (R.S.O.) Acreage, 2536; population, including the inmates in the workhouse, 496. A part of the Mendip Hills within the limits has bone caves. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; value, £141. Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is partly Norman. The pulpit was covered with mortar until the commencement of the 19th century, when a portion having been accidentally broken off, the whole was cleared away and brought to light the beautiful carved stone work which is greatly admired. A portion of rare stained glass remains in the chancel window, which it would be vandalism to remove, and yet fragmentary as it is, looks very incomplete, and could not easily be filled in to correspond with the old. The chancel roof has been ceiled, and detracts considerably from the appearance of the interior of the church, which was otherwise well restored.

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 parishCompton-Bishop St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionAxbridge 

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBS26
Post TownAxbridge