Horningsham (St. John the Baptist)

HORNINGSHAM (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Warminster, hundred of Heytesbury, Warminster and S. divisions of Wilts, 4¼ miles (S. W.) from Warminster; containing 1290 inhabitants. The surface is beautifully varied, rising into eminences of considerable elevation, from the summit of one of which is a fine view, embracing the counties of Wilts, Dorset, and Somerset. Longleat, the residence of the Marquess of Bath, is a splendid mansion here, seated in an extensive park, and embosomed in rich plantations. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £165; patron, the Prebendary of Horningsham in the Collegiate Church of Heytesbury. The church has been taken down, and an elegant edifice erected at the sole expense of the Marchioness of Bath; it is in the style of the 15th century, and was consecrated in October, 1844. There is a place of worship for Independents. Some schools are supported by an endowment of about £30 per annum, arising from a bequest by Mr. Cray.

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

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