Charlton (St. John the Baptist)

CHARLTON (St. John The Baptist), a parish, in the union and hundred of Malmesbury, Malmesbury and Kingswood, and N. divisions of Wilts, 2ΒΌ miles (N. E. by E.) from Malmesbury; containing 683 inhabitants. It comprises about 5000 acres, of which the surface is in general flat, and the soil mostly clayey, and in some parts stony; there is a lake of 60 acres at Braden. Charlton Park, the seat of the Earl of Suffolk, is an elegant mansion of freestone, of an oblong form, with four handsome fronts; it contains some splendid apartments, a noble saloon, and a gallery in which are many fine paintings. The living is annexed, with that of Brokenborough, to the vicarage of Westport St. Mary.

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

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