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Goathurst (St. Edward)

GOATHURST (St. Edward), a parish, in the union of Bridgwater, hundred of Andersfield, W. division of Somerset, 3½ miles (S. W. by W.) from Bridgwater; containing 341 inhabitants. The parish is situated on the verge of the Quantock hills, about 7 miles from the Bristol Channel, and comprises 1437a. 2r. 21p., of which 571 acres are arable, 372 meadow, 321 pasture, and 87 woodland; the soil is gravelly. The surface is pleasingly undulated, the prevailing timber chiefly oak and elm, and the scenery in many parts picturesque. Halswell House, the seat of Charles Kemeys Tynte, Esq., is a handsome mansion, forming, with its park and richlyplanted demesnes, a prominent feature in the landscape. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £9. 10. 7½.; net income, £378; patron, Mr. Tynte. The church, a small structure, contains a monument to the memory of Sir N. Haswell, who sat as knight of the shire in five successive parliaments. The ancient mansion of the Bolton branch of the Powlett family, who held estates here, is still remaining, and is ornamented in several places with the family arms.

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