Hillmarton (St. Lawrence)

HILLMARTON (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Calne, hundred of Kingsbridge, Chippenham and Calne, and N. divisions of Wilts, 3¼ miles (N. N. E.) from Calne; containing, with the tything of Catcomb, 806 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the Oxford road, comprises 4000 acres, chiefly in pasture; the soil of the arable land is fertile, producing good average crops: the surface is generally level, but undulated in some parts. There are some quarries of building-stone, and clay is obtained for making bricks. The living is a vicarage, endowed with part of the rectorial tithes, valued in the king's books at £20. 6. 8., and in the patronage of the Crown; impropriators of the remainder of the rectorial tithes, the landowners. The incumbent's tithes have been commuted for £493. 2. 2., and the impropriate for £84. 1. 2.; there are nearly 7 acres of glebe. The church is in the later English style; the tower has been rebuilt, at the expense of T. Poynder, Esq. Here is a place of worship for Independents.

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

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