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Marden (St. Ethelbert)

MARDEN (St. Ethelbert), a parish, in the hundred of Broxash, union and county of Hereford, 5½ miles (N. N. E.) from Hereford; containing, with the chapelries of Amberley and Wisterstone, 945 inhabitants. The parish is seated on the left bank of the river Lugg, and consists of 3955 acres of a productive soil. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £5. 13. 5., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Hereford: the tithes have been commuted for £714. 5., of which £400 are payable to the Dean and Chapter; there are 30½ acres of appropriate, and 2½ of vicarial, glebe. The church stands on the bank of the Lugg, where King Ethelbert was buried, and where a well, which still exists, is said to have sprung up at the time the edifice was dedicated to his memory. At Wisterstone is a separate incumbency, in the patronage of W. Vale, Esq.

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

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