The History of High Ham
"High Ham, a parish in the hundred of Whitley, county Somerset, 5 miles East of Somerton,
6 miles South-East of Street, 11 miles West of Bridgwater, and 4 miles
North of Langport, its post town and railway station. It is situated on
the high road from Wells and Bridgwater, and contains the hamlets of
Beer, Henley, Paradise, and Wag. The soil is clayey, and subsoil
limestone, which is quarried for building and for burning into lime.
The church is an ancient structure dedicated to
St. Andrew, with a tower containing five bells.
There is a free school for both sexes, in which a Sunday school is held.
The Independents have places of worship here."
Edited entry in an 1860s National Gazetteer.