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Holton (St. Nicholas)

HOLTON (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Wincanton, hundred of Whitley, though locally in that of Horethorne, W. division of Somerset, 2¼ miles (S. W. by W.) from Wincanton; containing 224 inhabitants. It is situated on the road between London and Exeter, and comprises 491a. 1r. 38p., of which about 367 acres are pasture, 58 arable, and 49 orchard. The surface is diversified with hill and dale, agreeably interspersed with ash, oak, and elm; the soil is sandy and silicious, resting on clay, and in addition to the ordinary agricultural crops, dairy-stock is reared to some extent. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £8. 0. 1., and in the gift of the family of Plucknet: the tithes have been commuted for £110, and there are 38a. 3r. 29p. of glebe.

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