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Leigh Upon Mendip, Somerset

Historical Description

Leigh-upon-Mendip, a village and a parish in Somerset. The village stands under the E end of the Mendip Hills, 3 miles from Cranmore station on the G.W.R., and 5 W of Frome. Post town. Bath; money order and telegraph office, Coleford. The parish comprises 1435 acres; population, 480. The surface lies high, and culminates at 884 feet above sea-leveL The living is a vicarage; value, £150. The church is Later English, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with an ornate tower; it was restored in 1874, and during the alterations an altar-stone of Purbeck marble was discovered embedded about 18 inches under the floor. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishLeigh-upon-Mendip St. Giles 
HundredMells and Leigh 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtBA3
Post TownRadstock