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Bishop

Members of different branches of the Bishop  family feature in the history of several  nearby villages but the family name may get confused with the role of a bishop when used in place names.
 Richardo Biscopp was listed in the lay subsidy returns for Chewton Mendip dated 1327 but the next record for the family was when somebody called Bishop was accused  by John Lyminge of stealing a mare from ‘Burge‘ of Chewton Mendip in 1607. Joan Bishope was in receipt of poor relief in Widcombe in 1670.
 The lead mine at Tor Hole was called ‘Bishops’ but that may because it was owned by the Bishop of Bath & Wells.
 James Bishop was living at the Miners Arms when his children attended Chewton Mendip school in the 1870s.
John Bishop was living in the Rising Sun (Waldegrave Arms) when his daughter, Annie, attended Chewton Mendip school in 1902. Her previous school was Priddy. They left the parish in 1906 but John may have been the tenant of Eakers Hill in 1911 when more children whose father was a John Bishop attended Chewton Mendip school.
 Ken Bishop was the last tenant of Eakers Hill farm and can be seen in the picture of the Waldgrave tenants lunch in the 1950s.
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