In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Witham Friary like this:
WITHAM-FRIARY, a parish, with a village and several hamlets, in Frome district, Somerset; on the Wilts and Somerset railway, at the junction of the line to Wells, 5 miles SSW of Frome. It has a post-office under Frome, and a r. station. Acres, 4,970. Real property, £6,020. Pop., 576. Houses, 125. ...
The manor belongs to the Duke of Somerset. New Hitchins Park is the residence of Major Gwatkin. A Carthusian friary was built at the church, by Henry II.; and was given, at the dissolution, to R. Hopton. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £106.* Patron, the Duke of Somerset. The church comprises nave and apse of the ancient friary chapel, with a modern tower. There is a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Witham Friary, in Mendip and Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th April 2017
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