Eaton (St. Edith)

EATON (St. Edith), a parish, in the union of Church-Stretton, and within the liberty of the borough of Wenlock, S. division of Salop, 4¼ miles (S. E. by E.) from Church-Stretton; containing 579 inhabitants. This parish, which was anciently appendant to the abbey of Wenlock, comprises by measurement 6004 acres; the surface is hilly, and the soil heathy, affording chiefly rough pasture. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £5; patron and incumbent, the Rev. Richard Sandford; impropriators, the family of Eaton, and others. The tithes have been commuted for £178. 10., and the glebe comprises 148 acres. The church is an ancient structure, in the decorated English style; the roof of the chancel is of oak, richly embellished.

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

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