Baldon, Marsh (St. Peter)
BALDON, MARSH (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Abingdon, hundred of Bullington, county of Oxford, 6 miles (S. E. by S.) from Oxford; containing 360 inhabitants, and comprising 804 acres. This parish, originally called Meres or Mars and ultimately Marsh-Baldon, derives its distinguishing name from one De la Mare, a descendant of whom was patron of the living in 1381. In 1836, an act was obtained for dividing and allotting lands in the parishes of Marsh-Baldon and Toot-Baldon. The benefice is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4.; net income, £93; patron, Sir H. P. Willoughby, Bart. The church has a highly picturesque tower, mantled with ivy: over the communion table is a painting of the Salutation, presented by the late Sir Christopher Willoughby. Dr. John Bridges, Bishop of Oxford, who died in 1618, was buried here.