Ashington (St. Vincent)

ASHINGTON (St. Vincent), a parish, in the union of Yeovil, hundred of Stone, W. division of Somerset, 3 miles (E. S. E.) from Ilchester; comprising by computation 560 acres, and containing 71 inhabitants. The parish is finely wooded and fertile, the land rising gently from the river Yeo, which bounds it on the east and north; and looking over a rich and extensive vale, the view is terminated at unequal distances by a bold range of hills from the south-east to the north-west. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 3. 4., and in the patronage of the family of Williams: the tithes have been commuted for £125, and there are 32 acres of glebe, with a house. The church is a small neat structure, having a turret with two bells; at the eastern end, on the outside, is a small niche with three human figures, which admit a conjecture that they refer to the history of St. Vincent, who was burnt alive at Valentia, in Spain, in the year 304.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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