Compton-Basset (St. Swithin)

COMPTON-BASSET (St. Swithin), a parish, in the union and hundred of Calne, Chippenham and Calne, and N. divisions of Wilts, 2¼ miles (E. N. E.) from Calne; containing 498 inhabitants. It comprises by estimation 2236 acres: the surface is pleasingly varied with hill and dale; the soil on the hills is chalky, but in the vale a rich clay. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13. 6. 10½., and in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury: the tithes have been commuted for £572. 16. 6., out of which £12 are paid to the vicar of Calne; the glebe comprises 45 acres, with a glebe-house.

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

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