Ling (St. Bartholomew)

LING (St. Bartholomew), a parish, in the union of Bridgwater, hundred of Andersfield, W. division of Somerset, 6¼ miles (S. S. E.) from Bridgwater; containing, with part of the hamlet of Boroughbridge, 422 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1409a. 35p.; the river Parret flows on the north-east, and the Tone on the south-east: over the latter a neat bridge has been erected. The Isle of Athelney, in the parish, now no longer insulated, is celebrated as having given shelter to Alfred the Great in his retreat from the Danes; and a small obelisk with a commemorative inscription, has been erected on the spot by the owner of the land. Here, about 888, Alfred founded a Benedictine abbey, which he dedicated to Our Saviour and St. Peter, and the revenue of which, at the Dissolution, amounted to £209. 0. 3¼.; many architectural remains, bones, and other relics have been dug up on the site of the buildings, which appear to have been extensive and magnificent. A fair is held on the second Monday in August. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £10. 8. 4.; patron and impropriator, Hill Dawe, Esq.: the great tithes have been commuted for £85, and the vicarial for £36; the glebe comprises 30 acres. The church is an ancient structure. A district church has been erected at Boroughbridge.

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

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