Fisherton-Anger (St. Clement)

FISHERTON-ANGER (St. Clement), a parish, in the union of Alderbury, hundred of Branch and Dole, Salisbury and Amesbury, and S. divisions of Wilts; containing 1739 inhabitants. This place forms an interesting appendage to the city of Salisbury, being separated from it only by the river Avon, over which is an ancient stone bridge. A convent of Black friars was founded here and endowed by Edward I.; the site is now occupied by the Sun inn. The village is pleasant, and the surrounding country abounds with varied and picturesque scenery. Fisherton House, an asylum for lunatics, is situated on rising ground overlooking the Bath and Exeter road, and is capable of furnishing accommodation to 100 patients. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £13; income, £160; patron, W. H. F. Talbot, Esq. The church is one of the most ancient in the county, having been built more than a century prior to the cathedral of Sarum. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. John Nowes, Esq., in 1718 endowed a school with £15 per annum; Mrs. Hayter, lady of the manor, in 1797 built an almshouse for six unmarried women; and John Woodward, in 1823, left an endowment of £31. 10. to purchase clothing for the poor.

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

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