Martin, St.

MARTIN, ST., a parish, in the hundred of Oswestry, N. division of Salop, ½ a mile (E. by S.) from Chirk; containing 2200 inhabitants. It comprises 5314a. 2r. 25p., and is intersected by the road from London to Holyhead. The Ellesmere canal also passes through the parish, and crosses the valley of the Ceiriog by an aqueduct, in the vicinity of Chirk, where it enters Wales: on its banks near the Welsh boundary are some coal-works. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £5. 2. 3½., and in the gift of the Bishop of St. Asaph: the tithes have been commuted for £862 payable to the impropriators, and £260 to the vicar, who has a glebe of 23½ acres. There is some ancient wood carving in the roof of the church, in allusion to the patron saint.

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

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