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Sparkford (St. Mary Magdalene)

SPARKFORD (St. Mary Magdalene), a parish, in the union of Wincanton, hundred of Catsash, E. division of Somerset, 7½ miles (W. by S.) from Wincanton; containing 286 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from London to Exeter, and comprises 955 acres, of which 257 are arable, 651 pasture, and 47 wood and gardens; the soil is loamy, and chiefly appropriated to dairy-farming. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 16. 3., and in the gift of the Rev. Henry Bennett: the tithes have been commuted for £245. 6., and the glebe comprises 40 acres. The church was rebuilt about twenty years since by the patron.

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