In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Litton like this:
LITTON, a village and a parish in Clutton district, Somerset. The village stands 3 miles SW of Clutton, and 6¼ NNE of Wells r. station.The parish contains also the hamlets of Greendown and Sherborn; and its Post town is Stratton-on-the-Fosse, under Bath. Acres, 1,117. Real property, £2,517. Pop., in 1851,421; in 1861,313. Houses, 81. The decrease of pop. arose from the removal of about 200 persons, who were temporarily employed in erecting the Bristol water-works. The property is snbdivided. ...
The manor belongs to General Lowth. Lillycombe is the seat of Capt. John Rendall. The reservoirs of the Bristol water-works are partly in this parish, and partly in that of Hinton-Blewett. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £250.* Patron, the Bishop of Bath and Wells. The church is later English; was erected in 1485; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and was reported in 1859 as not good. Charities, £13.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Litton, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 03rd May 2015
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