Fugglestone, or Fulstone (St. Peter)
FUGGLESTONE, or Fulstone (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Wilton, hundred of Branch and Dole, Salisbury and Amesbury, and S. divisions of Wilts; containing, with the tything of Quidhampton, 412 inhabitants. This place, which is situated at the junction of the rivers Willy and Nadder, forms a continuous appendage to the borough of Wilton; it participates in the general interest of that town, and an extensive manufactory of Axminster and Wilton carpets is carried on, affording employment to 200 persons. Fairs. chiefly for sheep, are held on the 4th of May and 12th of September; at the former about 8000, and at the latter 80,000, are usually exposed for sale. The parish comprises by measurement 1643 acres. The living is a rectory, with that of Bemerton united, valued in the king's books at £24, and in the gift of the Earl of Pembroke: the tithes have been commuted for £550, and the glebe comprises 4 acres. The church is an ancient and very handsome structure in the Norman style. According to Leland, Ethelred, King of the West Saxons, having been slain by the Danes in 827, was buried here. An hospital for leprous brethren and sisters, dedicated to St. Giles and St. Anthony, is stated to have been founded at this place by Adelicia, second queen of Henry I. Its revenue, at the time of the general Dissolution, was valued at £5. 13. 4.; the establishment was continued, and now consists of a prior (who is appointed by the corporation of Wilton, and must be in holy orders), three brethren, and two sisters: the income is £60. 12. Of the ancient building, only the ruinous chapel remains, in which it is said the royal foundress was interred.