“Which is the best parish?” Just in case you are wondering how on earth this can be decided then consider this :- The size of a parish was originally determined by its ability to produce a sufficient income for the vicar. The poorer the land the less income it generates and therefore a big parish suggests that the land in that parish isn’t particularly good. So which parish is the smallest? Which is the best parish? Decide for yourself by looking at the map below showing the parish boundaries.