Basic civil and ecclesiastical unit in Britain. Contained one or more small rural settlements or part of a large settlement.
|Subclass of:||Civil area; Ecclesiastical area|
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Usually an 'ancient parish' which combined civil and ecclesiastical functions but can also include a purely ecclesiastical parish. Purely civil parishes were not usually used in the 17th century. Sub-units of a parish, such as townships or chapelries, will have their own types in future.
A rural parish often contained one village with which it shared a name, but there are many exceptions. Larger settlements could be divided into more than one parish.