Easton (Holy Trinity)

EASTON (Holy Trinity), a parish, in the union of Pewsey, hundred of Kinwardstone, Everley and Pewsey, and S. divisions of Wilts, 3¼ miles (E. by N.) from Pewsey; containing 532 inhabitants. A priory was founded at this place in the reign of Henry III., by Stephen, Archdeacon of Salisbury, for canons of the Trinitarian order, for the redemption of captives; it flourished till the Dissolution, when its revenues amounted to £55. 14. 4. The parish comprises by computation 2200 acres: a pleasure-fair is held on Trinity-Monday. The living is a royal donative, in the patronage of the Marquess of Ailesbury, who pays the chaplain. The church was built by Edward, Earl of Hertford, son of the Protector, in 1591, at a short distance from the site of the priory, which, with its church and conventual buildings, had been previously destroyed. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

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

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