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     SHAP, a parish in West ward, Westmoreland, 5 miles from Orton and 279 from London; containing 161 houses and 828 inhabitants. It is situated near the source of the Loder, and had once a famous monastery of Premonstratensian canons; it stood about a mile west of the church, but there are now only some ruins of it remaining. In the neighbourhood are many vast stones, like pyramids, placed almost in a direct line for a mile together, from 10 to 12 yards distance, of such an immense weight that carriages now in use could not move them: they are supposed to have belonged to the Druids. Fair 4th May. It is a curacy. Burn's Westmoreland.
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