|GUSSAGE (ST. MICHAEL), a parish in
the hundred of BADBURY, though locally in the hundred of Knowlton,
Shaston (East) division of the county of DORSET, 6 miles (W. by S.) from
Cranborne, containing 246 inhabitants.
The living is a rectory, in the
archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's
books at £20. 0. 2½., and in the patronage of J. and R. Randell,
Esqrs. The church is a handsome edifice, with a lofty embattled
tower. On the line of the London road, near Cashmore
Inn, is the easternmost of seven earth-works, supposed to have been
thrown up by the Belgæ across the road between this and Tarrant-Hinton,
which afford reason for the opinion that the neighbourhood was the scene
of some remarkable action in the time of the ancient Britons.
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