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This extract is from "Samuel Lewis Topographical Gazeetter - 1831"

GIDDING (GREAT), a parish in the hundred of LEIGHTONSTONE, county of HUNTINGDON, 5 miles (S.W.) from Stilton, containing 496 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Huntingdon, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at 8.5.2., and in the patronage of Lord Sondes. The church, dedicated to St. Michael contains a curious bason for holy water, resembling a Norman capital. A salary is paid by Lord Sondes to a master for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, to twenty poor boys.

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