Mersham (St. John the Baptist)

MERSHAM (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of East Ashford, hundred of Chart and Longbridge, lathe of Shepway, E. division of Kent, 3¾ miles (S. E.) from Ashford; containing 751 inhabitants. The parish comprises by measurement 2417 acres, of which 1276 are pasture, 908 arable, 190 woodland, and about 28 in hop plantations. The South-Eastern railway passes through the western portion. A fair for pedlery and toys is held on the Friday in Whitsunweek. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £26. 16. 10½., and in the gift of the Archbishop of Canterbury: the tithes have been commuted for £630. 10. 6.; there is a glebe-house, and the glebe comprises 40 acres. Over the west door of the church tower, which stands on the south side of the nave, is a very curious window, in the later English style. 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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