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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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It was only in 1863 that the church was consecrated, and a separate ecclesiastical parish formed in 1864.
In 1901 Hiram and most of the family were living at 7 Talbot Street, in the ecclesiastical parish of St Christostom and in the municipal borough of All Saints.
They were part of a team of 14 people tackling the 150-mile route to raise money for the youth groups at Sue and Gill's church, the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary the Virgin Nunthorpe, in Middlesbrough.