Harptree, West (St. Mary)

HARPTREE, WEST (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Clutton, hundred of Chewton, E. division of Somerset, 10 miles (S. by W.) from Bristol; containing 571 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the old road from Bristol to Wells, and comprises by computation 2903 acres, of which 510 are arable, 2293 pasture, and 100 wood and orchard. The scenery is rich and beautiful, and the lands in the upper part, on the Mendip hills, are well wooded with oak and elm; the soil is a red loam, resting on a limestone rock which abounds with lapis calaminaris and contains in some places ironore and lead. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £13. 19. 4½., and the patronage and impropriation belong to the Crown: the great tithes have been commuted for £159. 10., and the vicarial for £220; the glebe contains upwards of 12 acres. The church has been partly destroyed, and the manor-house, which displays several marks of antiquity, converted into a farmhouse. Ralph Buckland, a Roman Catholic priest and a learned theological writer in the reign of James I., was born here.

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

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