In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Beckington like this:
BECKINGTON, a village and a parish in Frome district, Somerset. The village stands near the river Frome and the East Somerset railway, 3 miles NE of Frome; and has a post office‡ under Bath. It was formerly a place of some importance, carrying on woollen manufactures; but has suffered greatly from the decline of the clothing trade. ...
The parish includes also the hamlet of Rudge. Acres, 1,830. Real property, £5,243. Pop., 1,036. Houses, 229. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Standerwick, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £540.* Patron, S. L. Sainsbury, Esq. The church was restored in 1861, and it contains monuments of the Seymours and the poet Daniel. There are a Baptist chapel, national, British, and boarding schools, and charities £23. Thomas Beckington, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who figured in the legislation against the Wickliffites, was a native; and Huish, one of the editors of the Polyglott Bible, was rector.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beckington, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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