In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Abbots Leigh like this:
ABBOTS-LEIGH, a parish in Bedminster district, Somerset; on the left bank of the Avon, near Rownham ferry, 3½ miles WNW of Bristol. It has a post office under Bristol. Acres, 2,228. Real property, £3,822. Pop., 366. Houses, 66. Limestone is quarried. Leigh Court, the seat of Sir William Miles, Bart., is an elegant structure, with Ionic porticoes, commanding a fine view across the Bristol channel; and contains a splendid collection of pictures. An ancient manor-house, near the site of this mansion, belonging to the ancient family of Norton, and gave concealment to Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £77.* Patron, the Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol. The church was mostly burnt down about 1848, and afterwards partly restored, partly rebuilt. Charities, £33.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Abbots Leigh in North Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st October 2014
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