Easton-Maudit (St. Peter and St. Paul)

EASTON-MAUDIT (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union of Wellingborough, hundred of Higham-Ferrers, N. division of the county of Northampton, 10½ miles (E. by S.) from Northampton; containing 214 inhabitants. The parish was formerly the property of the family of Yelverton, viscounts Longueville and earls of Sussex. It is situated on the borders of Buckinghamshire, which bounds it on the south, and the road between Wellingborough and Olney runs on the east; the area consists of 1764a. 2r. 29p. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £6; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford: the tithes have been commuted for £122, and the glebe comprises 9 acres. The church has a spire of remarkably elegant form, ornamented at its base with flying buttresses, and contains some handsome monuments to the Yelverton family, judges and attorneys-general in the reigns of Elizabeth and James; also a monument to Morton, Bishop of Durham, who, during the parliamentary war, sought refuge at Easton House, where he died. Dr. Percy, Bishop of Dromore, author of Reliques of Ancient Poetry, was at one time vicar.

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

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