|IWERNE-MINSTER, a parish in that
part of the hundred of SIXPENNY-HANDLEY which is in the Shaston (West)
division of the county of DORSET, 7 miles (S.) from Shaftesbury,
containing 622 inhabitants.
The living is a discharged vicarage, in
the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's
books at £ 10. 1. 0½., endowed with £200 private benefaction, and
£200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of
Windsor. The church, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is a large and
handsome structure, partly in the Norman, and partly in the early
English, style, having a tower and spire one hundred and sixty-two feet
high. The small river Ewern has its source here, from which, and the
church, the parish derives its name.
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