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n. 1) a geographic area served by a church (particularly Catholic) originally measured by whether people living in the area could walk to the church. 2) in Louisiana, the governmental equivalent of a county.

PARISH. A district of country of different extents. In the ecclesiastical law it signified the territory committed to the charge of a parson, vicar, or other minister. Ayl. Parerg. 404; 2 Bl. Com. 112. In Louisiana, the state is divided into parishes.

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The village name Kustja kula a village today in Harju district, Kernu civil parish, is listed in the Estonian database of place-names, as is the place-name Kustja tee, found in Haiba village, Harju district, Kernu, civil parish (http://xgis.
50 Hexham A civil parish and village in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire, about nine miles east of Grantham and a similar distance from Sleaford.
This is a Civil Parish, nothing to do with the church, and has significant local statutory powers, including planning.
The village of Aughton is a civil parish within Lancashire, and it is an extensive agricultural and residential parish crossed by both the road and railway from Liverpool to Ormskirk.
This civil parish form corresponds well with current canon law.
The civil parish of Forkhill is located in the far south of County Armagh on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.