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  Abbey Town
     ABBEY-HOLM, or HOLM-CULTRAM, a parish and market-town in the division of Allerdale ward, Cumberland, 4 miles from Wigton, and 309 from London; containing 428 houses and 2187 inhabitants, of whom 250 were returned employed in trade. The parish is divided into four townships, was formerly of great repute, and had a stately abbey, founded by David I. king of Scotland, who resided chiefly in Cumberland. The church is dedicated to St. Mary, and is a vicarage, value, 6 l. 13 s. 4 d. Patron, the University of Oxford. The town is pleasantly situated on the river Waver, near Solway Frith. About 5 miles distant from the sea-shore are the vestiges of an ancient castle, built by the abbots of Holm-Cultram, for securing their books and charters from the depredations of the Scots. Here formerly was a good market on Saturday, now almost in disuse. Houseman's Description of Cumberland.
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