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ORCHARDLEIGH, a parish, in the union and hundred of Frome, E. division of Somerset, 2½ miles (N.) from Frome; containing 44 inhabitants. It is situated two miles west of the road between Bath and Weymouth, and comprises about 600 acres, of which 88 are woodland, and 5 arable; the soil is loamy earth, resting on limestone. The greater portion of the parish is included in the Park, comprising a beautifully undulated and wellwooded surface, improved by an artificial lake covering about twenty-eight acres. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £2; net income, £167; patron, T. S. N. Champneys, Esq. The church is a plain ancient edifice, of small dimensions, and in the Norman style.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858.