Knighton, West (St. Peter)

KNIGHTON, WEST (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Dorchester, hundred of Culliford-Tree, Dorchester division of Dorset, 4 miles (S. E.) from Dorchester; containing 268 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 2200 acres, of which two-thirds are arable and pasture; the soil, chiefly chalk and gravel, is very poor. The living is a rectory, with that of Broadmayne annexed, valued in the king's books at £8. 15. 5.; net income, £332; patron, the Rev. F. Urquhart. The tithes of West Knighton payable to the rector have been commuted for £149, and the glebe consists of 100 acres: £55 are payable to an impropriator. The church, which is in the Norman style, has been enlarged.

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

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