Marston-Sicca (St. James)

MARSTON-SICCA (St. James), a parish, in the union of Stratford-upon-Avon, Upper division of the hundred of Kiftsgate, E. division of the county of Gloucester, 6½ miles (N.) from Chipping-Campden; containing 337 inhabitants. The parish, which derives its affix from the scarcity of water in the immediate neighbourhood, comprises 1300 acres. The village is a long line of houses irregularly built. Charles II. is said to have taken refuge in a house here after the battle of Worcester, and for the purpose of concealment to have turned a jack at the kitchen-fire, disguising himself as a domestic. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £17. 10.; and in the gift of the Rev. R. G. Jeston: certain tithes were commuted for land and a money payment, under an act of inclosure, in 1773, and a rent-charge of £420 has been recently assigned; the glebe comprises 29 acres. The church is an ancient structure. A school was endowed in 1643, by John Cooper, Esq., with an estate now producing upwards of £100 per annum.

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

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