Lympsham (St. Christopher)

LYMPSHAM (St. Christopher), a parish, in the union of Axbridge, hundred of Brent with Wrington, E. division of Somerset, 7 miles (W.) from Cross; containing, with the hamlet of Eastertown, 567 inhabitants. The parish comprises by admeasurement 1967 acres, the chief part of which consists of dairy-farms, supplying cheese of very fine quality. It lies in a marsh, and the country for many miles round is a continuous flat; much of the land, however, being of superior quality. The Bristol and Exeter railway passes through the parish. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £38. 5. 2½., and in the gift of the Rev. J. Stephenson: the tithes have been commuted for £491. 15., and the glebe contains 100 acres. The church has a very elegant tower, restored by Charles I., in 1633; a stall, richly canopied, on the northern side of the edifice, distinguishes the seat appropriated to the abbot of Glastonbury, to whom the manor belonged. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

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

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