Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MAIDEN-BRADLEY

MAIDEN-BRADLEY, a village and a parish in the district of Mere; the village and most of the parish in Wilts, the rest of the parish in Somerset. The village stands 4¼ miles N of Mere, and 5 ESE of Witham r. station; occupies high ground, overlooked by higher but isolated hills; and has a post office under Bath, and a picturesque inn. The parish includes, as its Somerset portion, the hamlet of Yarnfield; and comprises altogether 4,546 acres. Real property of the Wilts portion, 5,118. Pop., 592. Houses, 119. Real property of Yarnfield, returned with Kilmington and Norton-Ferris. Pop., 61. Houses, 13. The property belongs to the Duke of Somerset; and Maiden-Bradley House is the Duke's seat. An hospital for leprous women was founded here, in the time of Stephen, or in that of Henry II., by Mauasser Bisset; was changed, in 1190, into an Angustinian priory; was given, at the dissolution, to the Seymours; and is now represented by some remains, incorporated with a farm-house. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury-Value, £121.* Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church contains monuments of the Seymours, and is good. Charities, £13.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Maiden Bradley With Yarnfield AP/CP       Somerset AncC       Wiltshire AncC
Place: Maiden Bradley

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