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Walton (Holy Trinity)

WALTON (Holy Trinity), a parish, in the union of Wells, hundred of Whitley, W. division of Somerset, 3 miles (S. W. by W.) from Glastonbury; containing 782 inhabitants. It is situated on the road from Bath to Exeter, and comprises 2500 acres, of which 181 are common or waste: blue lias is quarried, chiefly for walls and floors. The living is annexed to the rectory of Street: the tithes have been commuted for £380, and there is a parsonage-house, with about 18½ acres of glebe land. The church was enlarged in 1837, when a new tower was also built: the chancel is said to have been much injured by Cromwell's soldiers, who used it as a stable; it has been restored, and the windows reopened, and ornamented with stained glass. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. Many valuable fossils are found in the quarries.

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