Idmiston (All Saints)

IDMISTON (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Amesbury, hundred of Alderbury, Salisbury and Amesbury, and S. divisions of Wilts, 4 miles (S. E. by E.) from Amesbury; including the tythings of Gomeldon, Shripple, and part of Ford, and the chapelry of Porton; and containing 497 inhabitants, of whom 255 are in the tything of Idmiston. The parish is situated on the river Bourne, and comprises by computation 4000 acres, chiefly arable; there is a narrow strip of meadowland on each side of the river, and the uninclosed down is pasture. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £15. 6. 0½.; net income, £228; patron, the Bishop of Salisbury; appropriators, the Dean and Chapter. The church is an ancient edifice, in the later English style. There is a chapel of ease at Porton. The Wesleyans have a place of worship; and a parochial school is partly supported by a small endowment, and partly by subscription. Here are several barrows and tumuli. The Rev. John Bowle, distinguished for his critical knowledge of Spanish literature, and who published one of the best editions of Don Quixote, was vicar of the parish.

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

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