In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chewton Mendip like this:
CHEWTON-MENDIP, a village in Wells district, and a parish in Wells and Clutton districts, Somerset. The village lies under the Mendip hills, 5½ miles NNE of Wells r. station; has a post office under Bath; is a seat of petty sessions; was the Ciwtune of Alfred's will; and gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Waldegrave. The parish includes also the tything of North Widcombe. Acres, 6, 514. Real property, £7, 709. Pop., 976. Houses, 217. The property is subdivided. Chewton Priory is a seat on the site of an ancient monastery. ...
There are lead mines, lime works, and quarries. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Emborough, in the diocese of Bath and Wells; and, till 1867, was united also with Farington-Gurney and Stone-Easton. Value, £420.* Patron, R. P. Philpott, Esq. The church is partly Norman, and has a very fine late English tower, 126 feet high. There are chapels for Wesleyans and U. Free Methodists. Charities, £31.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chewton Mendip, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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