A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831


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TYNEHAM, a parish in the hundred of HASILOR, Blandford (South) division of the county of DORSET, 6 miles (W. by S.) from Corfe-Castle, containing 240 inhabitants.

The living is a rectory, united, by an act passed in the 8th of George I., to that of Steeple, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 11. 0. 10., and in the patronage of W. Richards, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, was repaired in 1744; it is without a tower. There was formerly a chapel at Povington, and another, dedicated to St. Margaret, at North Egleston.

The parish is bounded on the south by the English channel, on the coast of which is a circular battery, for the defence of Worbarrow bay. Here was an Alien priory, subordinate to the abbey of Bec in Normandy, which, at the suppression, was given by Henry VI. to St. Anthony's hospital, London; by Edward IV. to Eton college, and afterwards to the Dean and Prebendaries of Westminster.

Volume 4, page 344

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