Hannington (St. John the Baptist)

HANNINGTON (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Highworth and Swindon, hundred of Highworth, Cricklade, and Staple, Cricklade and N. divisions of Wilts, 1¾ mile (W. N. W.) from Highworth; containing 433 inhabitants. The manor has for more than three centuries belonged to the family of Freke, whose residence, Hannington Hall, is still kept up. The parish comprises 4000 acres, and is bounded on the north and north-west by the river Thames, which has its source about 4 or 5 miles from Cricklade, near which place, Hannington bridge over the Thames connects this parish with that of Kempsford, in the county of Gloucester. The pastures are luxuriantly rich, and the dairies noted for the abundance and quality of their produce. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £7. 10., and in the gift of Colonel Freke: the tithes have been commuted for £40, and the glebe comprises 45 acres. The church is an ancient structure, with a western porch in the Norman style, and contains some handsome monuments to the family of Freke. At Hannington-Wick is a chapel, endowed with £10 per annum, part of the produce of land bequeathed by Lady Norton; and the Hannington estates are charged with the payment of £10. 15. annually to the vicar, contingent on the performance of divine service in the chapel, once every Sunday. A school is supported by Lady Norton's bequest, and there are some other bequests.

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

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