Dundry (St. Michael)

DUNDRY (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Bedminster, hundred of Chew, E. division of Somerset, 4½ miles (S. S. W.) from Bristol; containing, with the tythings of Littleton and East and West Dundry, 536 inhabitants. The parish comprises an extensive tract of land called Dundry Down, where are the remains of several quarries of freestone, from which are said to have been raised the materials for building the beautiful church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. A fair for cattle and sheep is held on the 12th of September. The living is annexed to the vicarage of Chew Magna. The church, a handsome edifice in the decorated English style, with a lofty embattled tower crowned by pinnacles, is seated on an eminence, and forms a conspicuous landmark for vessels navigating the Bristol Channel. In the churchyard are the remains of an ancient cross in excellent preservation, and on the same hill with the church is a rude building, supposed to have been intended for a beacon.

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

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