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Swainswick (St. Mary)

SWAINSWICK (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Bath, hundred of Bath-Forum, E. division of Somerset, 3 miles (N. by E.) from Bath; containing 572 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £9. 17. 8., and in the gift of Oriel College, Oxford: certain impropriate tithes have been commuted for £56, and the incumbent's for £190; the glebe comprises 15 acres. The church contains the remains of William Prynne, the active statesman and public writer during the reign of Charles I., and who was born at this place in 1600.

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