In search of the archdeacon at Huish Episcopi

Huish Episcopi is a small village parish on the Somerset levels. It’s church is the elegant St Mary’s, the tower of which is visible for miles across the flat land through which flows the River Parrott. 

The village is contiguous with the town of Langport. The two are separated by the unusual Alll Saints chapel which is located on top of a gate in the former town walls through which the road between the two passes.

It is easy to imagine, as you stroll through these delightful places, practically unchanged since Trollope’s time, that the unusually named, I hesitate to say uniquely so for that is to invite submissions providing evidence to contradict me, Huish Episcopi provided the inspiration for the fictional Plumstead Episcopi, home of Archdeacon Grantly, in this quiet little corner of the south west of England, through which Trollope would almost certainly have passed as he travelled around the area on his Post Office duties. 


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