A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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WOTTON-ABBAS, a liberty in the parish and hundred of WHITCHURCH-CANONICORUM, Bridport division of the county of DORSET, 4 miles (N.E. by N.) from Lyme-Regis. The population is returned with the parish.

The liberty is of great extent, stretching from the river Char to the Ax, which bounds the counties of Devon and Dorset. Courts leet and baron are held here; and an annual fair, granted in the 7th of Queen Anne, on the Wednesday before the festival of St. John the Baptist, is kept on a lofty hill, called Lambert's Castle, the summit of which, in the form of the letter D, is fortified with triple trenches and ramparts, enclosing twelve acres, and having several entrances.

Volume 4, page 579

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