|YETMINSTER, a parish (formerly a
market town) in the hundred of YETMINSTER, Sherborne division of the
county of DORSET, 5¼ miles (S.W.) from Sherborne,
containing, with the chapelries of Chetnole
and Leigh, 1125 inhabitants.
The living is a discharged vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Prebendary of Yetminster in the Cathedral Church of Salisbury, rated in the king's books at £20. 14. 7., and endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a large ancient structure with a lofty tower, crowned with battlements and pinnacles.
This extensive parish lies on the western border of the county, and gives name to the hundred. The village, which is situated near the river Ivel, consists of a long well-built street, having still the appearance of a town. In the year 1300, the Bishop of Sarum obtained a grant from Edward I. for a market and fair, which was confirmed by Richard II., but the market has been long disused, and fairs are now held on April 23rd and October 1st. The Hon. Robert Boyle, in 1699, bequeathed an estate, now producing more than £70 per annum, for teaching twenty poor boys.
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