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Orchardleigh, Somerset

Historical Description

Orchardleigh, a parish in Somerset, on the river Frome, 2 miles N of Frome station on the G.W.R. Post town, Frome. Acreage, 730; population of the civil parish, 47; of the ecclesiastical, 166. The property belonged formerly to the Champneys, and belongs now to the Duckworth family. Orchardleigh Park is a seat of the Duckworths, and has grounds to the extent of nearly 800 acres, all nobly wooded and highly ornamental. The old mansion of the Champneys formerly stood in a hollow, and the existing mansion is a new edifice. The living is a rectory, united in 1867 with Lullington, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; net value, £220 with residence. The church is Early English, and consists of nave, transept, and chancel, with porch and small turret. It contains four windows of very beautiful 15th-century glass, and a pair of elaborately carved figures for holding hooks from which the lenten veil was formerly suspended, besides many other interesting features. It has been restored.

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


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Ancient CountySomersetshire 
Poor Law unionFrome 

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