Dummer (All Saints)

DUMMER (All Saints), a parish, in the union and hundred of Basingstoke, N. division of the county of Southampton, 4 miles (S. W.) from Basingstoke; containing 412 inhabitants. The parish is situated near the road from London to Southampton, and in a district abounding with pleasing scenery; it comprises by computation 2182 acres, of which about 1913 are arable, 39 meadow, and 120 wood: the surface is hilly, and the soil heavy. An iron-foundry gives employment to about thirty persons. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £14. 12. 3½., and in the gift of W. Adams, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £443. 15., and the glebe comprises 83½ acres, and a glebe-house. The church is an ancient edifice, with a tower of wood. A school on the national plan is partly supported by an endowment of £15. 5. per annum. Whitefield, soon after his ordination in 1736, had the temporary charge of this parish; and here also Hervey is said to have written his Meditations.

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

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