Steeple (St. Michael)
STEEPLE (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Wareham and Purbeck, hundred of Hasilor, Wareham division of Dorset, 6 miles (S. by W.) from Wareham; containing, with the hamlet of West Creech, 272 inhabitants. It comprises 3082 acres, of which 830 are common or waste; the south side lies on a bed of fine limestone, which is quarried for buildings, and for burning into lime. The living is a rectory, with that of Tyneham united by act of parliament in the 8th of George I., and is valued in the king's books at £9. 15. 5.; net income, £382; patron, John Bond, Esq.: the glebe contains about 5 acres. The church has a plain lofty tower. There is a private episcopal chapel at Grange, in the parish; and schools are partly supported by the minister. West Creech belonged to the abbey of Bindon, and had the privilege of a market and fair granted by Henry III.