from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A churchyard.
  • noun A town or village near a church.


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  • Rosemullion is in the parish of Mawnan, whose church-town lies a little south of it; the dedication appears to be to a certain St. Mawnanus, but there is great difficulty in identifying him.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • There is a daughter chapel here, late Tudor, dating from about 1450 and restored in 1885; while the mother-church of St. Gorran at the church-town has a pinnacled tower of 110 feet in height (late Perpendicular) with six bells.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • He fled like a hare; she cast away her firehook and followed; he threw away his musket and gained some ground; she caught him up again, and in Madron church-town was almost on his back, when there came a kindly hill.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • The church-town is about a mile distant from the Cove, and its church, with "black-and-white" tower of granite and serpentine, somewhat resembles that of Landewednack.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • Brendon 'church-town' is made up of church, school, parsonage, and a few farms, and can scarcely be called a village.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts Rosalind Northcote

  • About two and a half miles from the well, across the sand-downs and commons, is the little church-town of Cubert.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • But the ruins still speak of the former grandeur of this old church-town, and perhaps a like day may yet dawn for Dunkeld, as has been seen at Dunblane.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Herbert Story

  • Though the sudden whisper of murder that winged with amazing speed through that little, uplifted church-town was no affair of his, there fell out an incident which quickly promised to draw him into it and end his holiday before the time.

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts 1911

  • On their way through Wendron church-town they were hissed and pelted with lumps of turf; but this hint of popular feeling made slight impression on the sanguine Sheriff, who had convinced himself that the resistance of Steens would collapse at the sight of his redcoats.

    Two Sides of the Face Midwinter Tales Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903

  • Follow the road downhill from the church-town and along the coombe, and you come to a white-washed fishing haven, with a life-boat house and short sea-wall.

    Old Fires and Profitable Ghosts Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903


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