Marston, Priors' (St. Leonard)

MARSTON, PRIORS' (St. Leonard), a parish, in the union of Southam, Burton-Dassett division of the hundred of Kington, S. division of the county of Warwick, 5½ miles (S. E. by E.) from Southam; containing 701 inhabitants. The monks of Coventry had a charter of free warren here in the reign of Henry III.; and in that of Edward I. they had 28 tenants, who, besides service, did suit to the prior's court twice a year: after the Dissolution, the manor was granted to Sir Edward Knightley, and passed from him to Lord Spencer. The parish is bounded on the east by a portion of Northamptonshire, and comprises by measurement 3386 acres, mostly rich pasture: there are some quarries of stone, but of inferior quality, and used only for repairing the roads. The Oxford canal passes through a small part of the parish, and on its bank is a wharf. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed, with that of Lower Shuckburgh, to the vicarage of Priors'-Hardwick; the glebe comprises 103 acres. The church was entirely repewed in 1841, at a cost of £359. James West, in 1705, and Josiah Kay, in 1711, bequeathed property now producing £40 a year, for teaching children.

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

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