Winsham

WINSHAM, a parish, in the union of Chard, E. division of the hundred of Kingsbury, W. division of Somerset, 4 miles (E. by S.) from Chard, on the new road to Bridport; containing 999 inhabitants. There are quarries of freestone and flint, used for building. The manufacture of woollen-cloth was formerly carried on to a considerable extent, but it has of late greatly diminished. A pleasure-fair is held on the Thursday in Whitsun-week. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £14. 13. 4.; net income, £287; patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells; impropriator, H. H. Henley, Esq.: the great tithes have been commuted for £139. 10. The church is an ancient structure, with a tower rising from the centre: in the belfry is a representation of the Crucifixion of Our Saviour, considered to be perfectly unique. Sir Matthew Holworthy, in 1680, gave some premises now producing about £6 per annum, which sum is applied towards instruction in a national school erected in 1818.

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

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