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Exford (St. Mary Magdalene)

EXFORD (St. Mary Magdalene), a parish, in the union of Dulverton, hundred of Carhampton, W. division of Somerset, 8½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Dulverton, and 10 (W. S. W.) from Dunster, the posttown; containing 473 inhabitants, and comprising 5674 acres. It takes its name from its situation at one of the fords on the river Exe, which rises about six miles to the west, in the forest of Exmoor, and over which is a stone bridge of three arches. Several barrows are scattered over the tract, together with circular intrenchments; and a mile and a half westward from the church, are vestiges of some iron-works, in which, tradition says, the entire wood of the adjoining forest was consumed. A fair for cattle, horses, and sheep, is held on August 14th. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £18. 2. 8½., and in the gift of Peter House, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £250, and there is a glebe of 141 acres.

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