|WITCHAMPTON, a parish in that part
of the hundred of CRANBORNE which is in the Shaston (East) division of
the county of DORSET, 4½ miles (N. by W.) from Wimborne-Minster,
containing 442 inhabitants.
The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at £12. 12. 3½., and in the patronage of Mrs. Mary King. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a large handsome edifice. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists.
The rapid river Allen runs through the parish, and on its bank is an extensive paper-mill. Here are the remains of an old monastery, once subordinate to the abbots of Crawford, and now converted into a barn.
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