A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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STEEPLE, a parish in the hundred of HASILOR, Blandford (South) division of the county of DORSET, 4 miles (W. by S.) from Corfe-Castle, containing 233 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, united by act of parliament in the 8th of George I. to that of Tyneham, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 9. 15. 5., and in the patronage of W. Richards, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Michael, has a plain but lofty tower. The hamlet of West Creech, in this parish, formerly belonged to the abbey of Bindon, and had the privileges of a market and fair, granted by Henry III.

Volume 4, page 172

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