In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lea like this:
LEA, a village and a parish in Malmsbury district, Wilts. The village stands 1½ mile ESE of Malmsbury, and 7½ SW of Minety r. station; and has a post office under Malmsbury.The parish contains also the hamlet of Cleaverton, and is all included in Malmsbury borough. Acres, 1, 739. ...
Real property, with Garsdon, £4, 815. Pop., 432. Houses, 99. The manor belongs to the Earl of Pembroke. There is a large corn mill. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Garsdon, in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. The church is of Norman or perhaps Saxon date; was restored in 1840; and has a tower. There are an Independent chapel, a free school, and charities £6.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lea in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd April 2017
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