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Upway (St. Lawrence)

UPWAY (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Weymouth, comprising the liberty of Weybey-house, the tything of Stottingway in the hundred of Culliford-Tree, and that of Elwell in the liberty of Wyke-Regis and Elwell, Dorchester division of Dorset, 4½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Dorchester; the whole containing 619 inhabitants. The liberty of Weybey-house and the manor of Upway belong to the Rev. George Gould, whose ancestors were seated here as early as the reign of James I.: part of the ancient manor-house is still remaining, but the family have for some years chiefly resided at Fleet, in this county. On the estate are some excellent quarries, from which the stone was taken for the new church at Fleet. The manor of Stottingway belongs to the vicars-choral of Salisbury cathedral. Near the church, at the foot of a steep hill, rises the small river Way, which runs through the parish, and falls into the sea at Weymouth. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £18. 3. 1½., and in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury: the tithes have been commuted for £380, and the glebe comprises 46½ acres. The church is ornamented with an embattled tower crowned by pinnacles, and has been enlarged. On Ridgway down are numerous barrows, extending from that part of the ridge opposite Sutton-Pointz to beyond Long Bredy, a distance of nearly six miles, in a direction parallel to the ancient Roman road called Via Iceniana.

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