Bath-Ford (St. Swithin)

BATH-FORD (St. Swithin), a parish, in the union of Bath, hundred of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset, 3½ miles (E. N. E.) from Bath; containing 1099 inhabitants. The village is situated in a picturesque neighbourhood, on the banks of the Avon, which was anciently crossed by a ford; and the Great Western railway passes through the parish. The manufacture of paper affords employment to more than forty persons. The living is a discharged vicarage, with that of Bathampton consolidated, valued in the king's books at £8. 18.; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol; impropriator of Bath-Ford, John Wiltshire, Esq. The great tithes of the parish have been commuted for £114, and the vicarial for £160; there are 12 acres of glebe. Here are vestiges of a Roman camp, and a tumulus: in 1691, a Roman hypocaust with a Mosaic pavement, an altar, urns containing coins, and other ancient relics, were discovered.

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

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